You have symptoms and have tested positive for covid-19. What should you do now?
The most obvious first thing is to stay away from other people to avoid passing it on.
And in terms of your own well-being, this is what the experts recommend:
1. Tell family and friends
Do not suffer in silence.
Let people know you have covid.
They may be able to help you leaving food at your door and they will call you to know how are you.
In many cities, groups of volunteers have sprung up to help self-isolating people at home with things like buying food or medicine.
Even with newer variants of the virus like omicron and delta, many people will have mild or no symptoms and will be able to safely cope with the infection at home.
The main symptoms remain:
And the researchers who have been collecting feedback from hundreds of thousands of people on their experiences with covid suggest that the top five symptoms are similar to a cold:
-Fatigue (medium or severe)
If you feel bad, there are things that can help.
Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to feel more comfortable.
To avoid coughing or coughing less, try lying on your side or sitting upright instead of on your back.
Sit, rather than lie down completely, it’s also good if you feel like you’re out of breath.
You can also try:
Tips if you are short of breath
Some people may already own (or want to buy) a device called pulse oximeter which can check the oxygen level in the blood.
It attaches to your finger and can be a useful way of knowing what is going on.
It’s like checking the temperature with a thermometer.
The low oxygen levels in the blood they can be a sign that you’re getting worse.
A reading of 95 or higher is normal.
If it drops to 93 or 94 and stays that way an hour later, talk to your GP for advice on what to do.
If the reading is 92 or less, go to the emergency room.
When to seek help
If you want additional advice, you can try calling or contacting a pharmacy.
In BBC Mundo you can also find a lot of information about the covid in this link.
Some people with covid will need medical care, which could include staying in the hospital.
Seek medical advice:
Go to the emergency room immediately if:
Naps worried about a baby or a child, do not delay in seeking help.
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