The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease are breathing problems, coughing, and fever. Unless you have severe symptoms, you can most likely treat the symptoms at home the way you would for the flu or a cold. Most people recover from the virus without the need for hospital care. You can call your doctor to ask about whether you should stay home or get medical care in person. Nevertheless, there are several things you can do to relieve symptoms both at the hospital and at home.
If you have symptoms that are mild enough to get treatment at home, you must:
- Stay home: You should not go to school, work, or public places.
- Rest: This can make you feel better and may help you recover fast.
- Drink fluids: You are losing more water if you are ill. Dehydration might make symptoms worse and it might cause other health conditions as well.
- Monitor: Call your doctor right away if your symptoms get worse. Do not go directly to their office. They might tell you to stay at home or they might need to prepare extra steps to protect their staff and other patients.
- Ask: You can ask your doctor about over-the-counter medications that can help to lower your fever.
The important thing is to avoid contaminating other people especially the elderly and those with other health complications.
- Try to stay in one place in your home and isolate yourself. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom.
- Let others know that you are sick.
- Cover your sneezes and coughs.
- Wear a mask.
- Don’t share dishes, eating utensils, towels, and bedding with others.
- Clean and disinfect common surfaces.
Symptoms begin 2-14 days after you’re exposed to the virus. People with mild infections recover within 2 weeks and those with severe cases may tend to last 3-6 weeks.
Medical staff will check for signs if your condition is severe that the infection is triggering more serious complications. They will:
- Listen to your lungs
- Check your oxygen level in your blood with a clip-on finger monitor
- Give you a CT scan or chest x-ray
- Given you a COVID-19 test that involves putting a 6-inch cotton swab up both sides of your nose for at least 15 seconds
Via two small tubes, you might get extra oxygen. That it will just go inside your nostrils. Doctors will connect you to an apparatus if you are in a very serious case. It will help you breathe. It is called a ventilator. The doctor will also give you fluids through a tube in your arm to keep you hydrated. They will closely monitor your breathing. The goal is for your infection to run its course and your lungs to be healed so that they can breathe on their own again. Doctors will also give you medications to thin your blood and prevent clots.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is allowing clinical trials and hospital use of blood plasma. It is from those who have recovered from the disease. It is called convalescent plasma.