The outbreak of the coronavirus in the past few months and its rapid spread has made resource allocation difficult for countries across the globe. With limited testing kits and centres, limited hospital beds, ventilators, and even rooms, healthcare centers are finding themselves unable to meet the requirements, which continue to rise with each passing day.
For these reasons, the World Health Organization has been requesting individuals presenting symptoms of the disease to stay at home and quarantine themselves. They have provided guidelines for safe home care for those presenting mild symptoms of COVID-19.
If your symptoms aren’t severe, or if you have tested positive for the coronavirus through a lab facility, your symptoms can be managed at home. This is only applicable if you fall under the category of individuals who are not at risk of developing more severe conditions. If you are above the age of 60, suffer from any medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or other respiratory conditions, you should seek out your nearest healthcare provider for immediate hospitalization. While there is no vaccine or medication yet for the treatment of COVID-19, hospitals can provide supportive and preventive care to ensure the functioning of vital organs, and to monitor the same.
Once you have established you are suffering, or maybe suffering, from the coronavirus, inform any other inhabitants of the household. If they are presenting symptoms too, you should all isolate yourselves from other members who are not presenting any symptoms. Avoid stepping out from your home to prevent the spread of the disease in any possible way.
Some tips to manage COVID-19 at home include:
Inform a healthcare provider or facility of your symptoms