Covid-19 is here. Even though the daily stats of new positive cases are decreasing, we cannot let our guard down. The devastating impact hits home hard when a loved one tests positive. There is no cure and most of us will have to wait a long time to get the vaccine. So when a loved one tests positive, what do you do next?
Last week my husband tested positive with covid-19. His initial symptoms were mild but he quickly began to detoeriate.Here is a collection of medical advice and tips that helped him a lot. The advice came from medical practioners who are treating many covid-19 positive cases and from family and friends that also test positive with covid-19.
PRACTICAL TIPS TO HELP A COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENT
- Do not sleep on your back. Try to lie on your side or stomach when sleeping.
- Stop steam inhalations. This tip came from a medical doctor who is treating hundreds of covid-19 positive patients from March 2020.
- Consume nutritious, fresh meals. Aim for high protein dishes with lots of fresh vegetables. Cut down on sugary processed food and drinks.
- Keep your body warm. Do not consume cold drinks or foodstuffs that are cold. Minimise time spent in an air conditioned room or rooms with a ceiling fan on.
- Drink lots of warm liquids. I made a homemade drink with lemon, ginger and clove.
- Do light exercise. Walk around the house. Do breathing exercises. Listen to your body.
- Lots of rest in a cool, well ventilated room – open the windows to allow fresh air in.
- Maintain a calm and happy environment. Discourage talks of doom and gloom. Play music or watch TV (not the news) to lighten the mood.
- Watch the patient for any chest symptoms – tight chest, shortness of breath, productive cough with a yellow or green phlegm or severe back pain. If these symptoms do occur then consult your doctor. An x-ray may be done to rule out pneumonia.
- DO NOT TALK. Or talk less frequently. This was the most difficult advice for my husband to observe but it was definitely the one that HELPED the MOST. Use whatsapp, signs or a pen and paper to communicate. Be very strict with the covid-19 positive patient. Practice tough love. My husband used thumbs up for yes, thumbs down for no. I literally told him “Shut up and get better”. That’s when he would jokingly show me the middle finger! Remember this is only temporary until the virus passes. But for chatterboxes like my husband it felt like an eternity.
SUPPLEMENTS/ OTC MEDS FOR A COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENT
- Zinc 15mg Taken one tablet daily up to 2 tablets 3 times a day after a meal
- Vitamin C 100mg daily up to 2 tablets 3 times a day. May cause loose stools.
- Thiamine 100mg daily up to 2 tablets daily
- Aspirin 300mg 2 tablets daily. After a meal.
- Antihistamine tablet (e.g. Allergex, Cetirizine) one tablet 2 times a day.
- Panado 2 tablets every 6-8 hours
- Cough Mixture as needed.
LIVING WITH A COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENT
- The covid-19 positive patient needs to self isolate in a separate room.
- The patient must take their meals in a separate room.
- Their laundry needs to be separated and washed with hot water or on the hottest cycle.
- The patient must use separate cutlery and utensils.
- Keep a separate bin in the covid-19 positive patient’s room. Double bag before disposing in the bin.
- Keep all the rooms in the house well ventilated.
- Wash hands often
- , disinfect surfaces regularly and deep clean your home
- continue to wear masks,
- The covid-19 positive patient should use a separate bathroom and toilet. If this is not possible then spray and sanitise these areas with 70% alcohol.
The other occupants in the household need to quarantine for 10days.
I wish that you may never need to use these tips and that you and your loved ones test negative for the virus. But the reality is that you have to be prepared.
Stay Safe. Stay healthy. Stay Strong.
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The contents of this article do not constitute medical advice. Please contact your medical doctor once and while you test positive for covid-19. Try the above advice at your own risk. The writer shall not be held responsible for any untoward effects from following the above advice.
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