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Treating Covid at Home: What You and Your Family Need to Know

2022-01-08T16:44:11+00:00
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Recover from Covid at home! If you have been diagnosed with this disease and your symptoms are mild, or even if you do not have symptoms, home care will be the best option to recover safely. Learn about the best tips for treating Covid at home. If you or one of your family members is sick, implement these measures and stay in constant contact with your GP to monitor your progress at all times:

Use a mask

Remember that Covid is a highly contagious disease, so it is extremely important to wear a mask at all times, especially if you are caring for an infected family member. The person who is ill should remain isolated in a room that is as far away from the whole family as possible and open the windows to help circulate the air.

Keep your hands away from your face

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Hygiene will be an essential aspect for the caregiver and the rest of the family to avoid getting Covid; therefore, it will be necessary to implement strict hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing. One technique that health specialists recommend is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, in addition to using a soap that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Monitor your oxygenation levels as a patient

Even if the symptoms of the disease are mild, it never hurts to have an oximeter to detect any radical change in oxygenation levels, since this is one of the main symptoms of lung deterioration in patients with Covid-19. Doctors recommend seeking urgent medical help in case oxygenation levels are less than 92% or the patient has concentration problems, breathing difficulties or chest pain.

Identify the warning signs of severe covid symptoms

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If you are caring for a patient infected with Covid, be sure to identify the most serious symptoms of the disease and the red flags that could indicate the need to call emergency services. These warning signs include: trouble breathing when standing up, fever, changes in skin color, trouble staying awake, confusion, or blue lips.

Drink enough fluids to fight covid

Hydration is key for the recovery of Covid patients, especially if they present strong symptoms such as fever, fatigue, or nasal congestion, to name a few. It is recommended to consume sufficient amounts of water, teas, hydrating drinks and foods such as soups or consommés that nourish the patient and give him enough energy to recover.

Take care of your posture

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If the patient has a cough, it is best to prevent him from lying on his back and to make sure that he lies on his side or that he remains seated in an upright position. If the congestion is severe and the patient has the sensation of not being able to breathe, try having him sit in a chair, putting his hands on his knees and leaning forward to achieve a posture that allows him to breathe more comfortably.

Eat foods that are easy to digest

Covid patients may suffer from a lack of appetite during the most acute phase of the disease; For this reason, the ideal is to consume easy to digest foods such as soups, chicken broth or bread. In addition to getting the essential nutrients to recover, they will avoid suffering severe dehydration or suffering stomach pains that increase their discomfort.

Check what are the medications you can consume

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Not all Covid patients suffer from the same symptoms; some of them report mild discomfort that can be treated with paracetamol, while others require more specialized medications. In case of suffering from high fevers, breathing difficulties, chest pain and other severe symptoms, it is recommended to contact the emergency services so that a specialist doctor can administer the corresponding treatment.

Disinfect your home every day due to covid

Among the cleaning recommendations are: separate all the utensils that the person you are caring for has used to eat and clean all the surfaces in your home, except for the room where the patient is. Likewise, you should be especially careful when washing clothes and washing your hands after touching the clothes of the person who is ill. It is also important to disinfect laundry baskets to prevent the spread of the virus.

Avoid sharing your utensils

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Avoid at all costs sharing utensils such as spoons, forks, plates or glasses with the person who is infected, and use gloves every time you wash said utensils. In addition to using gloves to wash clothes, deliver food to or have contact with the patient, remember to wash your hands and discard the gloves once you are done using them.

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