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Tips on How to Treat Yourself at Home If You Feel You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

The fear of acquiring coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused great distress and discomfort to each one of us, especially to those with underlying conditions. Most likely, there will be days when you feel sick and you feel anxious as you might be showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

The fear of acquiring coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused great distress and discomfort to each one of us, especially to those with underlying conditions. Most likely, there will be days when you feel sick and you feel anxious as you might be showing symptoms of COVID-19. In that case, you can find these tips helpful in treating yourself at home if you think you have a mild coronavirus case.

Things to Remember When You Are Experiencing Coronavirus Symptoms

1.Stay home! This is the general rule for everyone who feels sick but this should be applied even more by those who have coronavirus symptoms but don’t have a confirmed case yet. Seek ways and information on how to get tested for coronavirus near your place.


2. Isolate yourself from the other members of your household. Stay in a room where there is a dedicated bathroom. But if there is none and you must share a bathroom, it has to be sanitized after each use.


3. Do not accept visitors. Inform them of your condition and ask them to schedule another time for visitation. If you must be around other people, ensure that you are wearing a face mask. You and your other household members should continue to practice these ways to protect each other from the coronavirus.

4. Wash your hands often.


5. Cough into a tissue and be sure to properly dispose it in a plastic-lined wastebasket.


6. Sanitize surfaces that you frequently touch everyday; several times a day as needed for some surfaces.


7. Avoid sharing personal items with others such as towels, utensils, or beddings. Ensure that your linens and clothing are being washed thoroughly.

Tips on How to Treat Coronavirus Symptoms


For Fever


1.Take a fever reducer when you have a very high fever. Usually, Acetaminophen is recommended. Ibuprofen will also do but there are concerns saying that it is not safe to be taken with the novel coronavirus. Further research should still be done to know for sure.


2. Drink lots of fluids. Fevers usually make you sweat a lot which means loss of water from your body. Hydrate with water or juice but not beverages such as soda that might make you feel thirstier. Caffeinated beverages are not recommended.
Get plenty of rest. Let your body gain more energy to fight the virus.

For Cough


1.It is important to keep your throat moist and comfortable. Sipping on drinks throughout the day will keep you hydrated.


2. Drink warm beverages. These will heat up your airways causing any mucus that you might have on your throat and upper airways to break up.


3. A bit of honey can soothe a sore throat. Mix a teaspoon of honey in hot water or hot tea. However, you should not let 1-year-old children try honey.


4. Breathing in steam can soothe your sore throat and help you to breath easily by opening your airways. You can make steam by means of vaporizer, humidifier, and hot shower.


5. Use 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, then gargle. Spit it out and make sure to disinfect the sink afterward. While this is not proven scientifically, many people swear that sore throat can be cured by salt water.


6. Eat a frozen treat. If your throat is sore from too much coughing the coldness may help soothe your throat and help numb the pain.


7. Keep your throat and your mouth moist by sucking on lozenges, cough drops, or hard candy.


8. Take an expectorant if you have a wet cough with lots of mucus. But if you have a dry cough, take a cough suppressant.


9. A pain reliever like Acetaminophen can help soothe the pain since a lot of coughing can sometimes be painful.

For Shortness of Breath

1.Taking slow breaths can help you start breathing again properly.
Relaxation or meditation techniques can get your breathing to be more regular and can calm your body as well. You might also feel anxious with having shortness of breath so to help fight anxiety, try these relaxation techniques.


2. Use the inhaler you were previously prescribed with if you are using one. Observe what symptoms your inhaler was prescribed for and how your chest feels after using it. Disinfect the mouthpiece part after every use.