Can I Treat COVID-19 Symptoms at Home?

As of April 2020, there are over 800,000 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with a total of over 46,000 deaths. And this is all within a few months of the coronavirus pandemic. So, with self-quarantine and other forms of social distancing in effect, you may be dealing with COVID-19 from home. Knowing what signs to look for and how to manage the virus are essential to getting through the crisis.

If you have questions about dealing with COVID-19 and other medical issues, Dr.Yadwinder Kang and 1st Choice Urgent Care can help with answers.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

After 2-14 days of contracting the virus, expect to have symptoms that may vary depending on whether the case is mild or severe, such as:

As many of these symptoms overlap with those of other seasonal viruses like a cold or the flu, it’s possible to confuse the conditions. If you suspect you have COVID-19, you will need to get tested to confirm. Fortunately, mild cases will recover without medical care.

How do you treat them? 

Whether you or a loved one comes down with COVID-19, there are some things you can do to treat the symptoms.

If you’re sick with COVID-19 at home

It’s important to wear face masks (or a cloth face covering) when other people are around or if you go outside. You need to stay in rooms separate from your caregiver or other people living at home. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom to prevent others from getting sick. If you’re infected, you can pass the virus to others by talking, coughing, or sneezing near them, so keep at least 6 feet away at all times. Stay in well ventilated rooms to avoid respiratory droplets recirculating in the air. Avoid visitors and limit any contacts with pets. Get lots of rest.

If you’re caring for someone with COVID-19 at home

Wear face masks and observe the 6-foot-distance rule. Use separate bedrooms and bathrooms, and wash dishes and utensils using gloves and hot water. Clean hands regularly and avoid sharing personal items. Provide basic needs, such as over-the-counter medicine and plenty of fluids, and assist them with shopping and getting basic things outside the house.

When do you need hospital care?

If the case of COVID-19 is severe, the common symptoms may worsen or other symptoms may occur such as:

If this happens, call 911 and inform them that the patient has or might have COVID-19.

If you or someone you know has COVID-19, just follow these and the other guidelines laid out by the CDC, and most cases will recover without additional medical care. If you think you have COVID-19, do not come to the office without calling first. Dr. Kang can help you via a telemedicine appointment or make special arrangements for an in-person visit that will keep you and our team safe. 

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