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What do you do if you catch Coronavirus?

At the moment, there are so many recommendations on how to avoid getting infected with Coronavirus. By now you know the three most important are: wash your hands often, observe personal hygiene and avoid crowded places. The question that’s not being asked frequently is this: what can you do if you get infected? All of us in one way or another are at risk of infection. But with proper foreknowledge, you have higher chances of making a full recovery in about two weeks. So we have a few tips to keep you ready.

THE SYMPTOMS

Confirmed coronavirus patients have symptoms that range from the mild to the severe. The mild ‘flu-like’ symptoms that many show, can be recovered from with isolation and medical treatment. They may show these symptoms within 2-14 days after infection: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The severe advanced stage of infection is similar to pneumonia. At this stage the patient needs extensive, round-the-clock treatment. It’s important to note that if the patient is severely affected at this stage, survival is not guaranteed. Emergency warning symptoms include: difficulty when breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, and bluish lips or face.

HOW TO PREPARE IN ADVANCE

You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty flu, like bronchitis or pneumonia. Have the foresight to know this infection might come your way!

Things you should actually buy ahead of time:
face tissues like Kleenex, Paracetamol, cough medicine, (seek medical advice), Honey and lemon can work just as well! A vaporub for your chest is also a great suggestion.

If you don’t have a humidifier, that would be a good thing to buy and use in your room when you go to bed overnight. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam).

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it or get a new one if necessary.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CONFIRMED AS INFECTED

It is important to note that you should notify your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. Stay in a separate room from your family, use a face mask whenever anyone is your vicinity and avoid sharing utensils during the 14-day isolation.

In case you have a fever over 38°c, get a Paracetamol from a certified pharmacy or just order paracetamol online. Where possible, avoid Ibuprofen. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink more water than usual -go above and beyond. And we can’t stress this enough.

Rest a lot. You should not be leaving your house! Even if you are feeling better you may will still be infectious for fourteen days. You are still a risk to older people who are very vulnerable to Coronavirus. Staying at home is a sacrifice to protect your community. Ask friends and family to leave supplies like food and water outside your door to avoid contact with them.If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your doctor or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.

One major relief to you parents is that kids recover very well from Coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days (but they will still be infectious). Just manage their isolation.

Be calm and prepare rationally and everything will be fine. Share this as it’s great advice!

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