How to Manage a Mild Case of COVID-19 at Home
A quick scroll on social media will give you an idea on the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 recently. With the infectious variants Omicron and Delta reaching our shores, the possibility of contracting the virus has also increased, with those vaccinated also getting sick.
The good thing about getting vaccinated and taking a booster shot though, is you won’t get severe illness that would need hospitalization. In fact, experts say that the symptoms felt by vaccinated people are milder and there are some who don’t get symptoms at all. To get peace of mind as well as to take the necessary precautions, getting tested for COVID-19 is the first step you need to make.
If you’ve tested positive and are experiencing mild symptoms, self-quarantining is crucial to prevent the spread of the virus and infecting your family. In the latest bulletin of the Department of Health, mild and asymptomatic cases, whether you tested positive or experiencing symptoms, need to quarantine for seven days if fully vaccinated or 10 days if partially vaccinated/unvaccinated. The number of days begins on the onset of symptoms or positive test results.
How can you manage a mild COVID-19 case at home?
Here are reminders to keep in mind:
Stay in your own room and if possible,
use a separate bathroom.
Avoid contact with other members of the family, including your furry friends. If you need to pass through common areas, always wear a mask. If having a separate bathroom is not possible, make sure you thoroughly clean the toilet after using – including the high touch surfaces.
Monitor your symptoms.
Stay in touch with your doctor, especially if you have comorbidities. Make sure you have a thermometer and pulse oximeter so you can track your temperature and oxygen level, respectively. If your symptoms get worse and you start having difficulty breathing and there’s constant pain in your chest, seek immediate medical help.
Rest well and drink water.
It can be difficult to sleep soundly if you’re sick, more so being in isolation. Given the changes in routines and the anxiety you might feel, Chicago Medicine says that “depressed mood, more downtime and low energy can increase long napping, making it harder to fall asleep at night.”
To make sure you get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night, create a sleep schedule. Set your bedtime and limit the use of gadgets an hour before you call it a day. You can also shorten the duration of your naps so you can fall asleep faster come nighttime.
Aside from getting enough snooze time, don’t forget to drink plenty of water as it prevents dehydration while also helping relieve some of the symptoms of COVID-19.
Watch what you eat.
Enjoy a serving of fruits and vegetables to help boost your body’s natural defenses. According to the DOH, eating nutrient-rich foods is a must for COVID-19 patients. Here’s a list to keep in mind:
Vitamin C - Ampalaya, cauliflower, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables
Vitamin D – Salmon, tuna, tilapia, cheese
Zinc – Milk, beef, seafood, eggs, wheat
Protein – Fish, chicken, munggo, tofu
You can also drink herbal remedies such as ginger and turmeric as these are known to have high anti-inflammatory properties.
Have your medicines with you.
Doctors say you can take over-the-counter medicines when necessary, especially to deal with high fever and body pain. If you are taking maintenance medicines, make sure you have enough to last the duration of your isolation.
Stock up on Vitamin C and Zinc.
Some experts say zinc can help reduce the symptoms of COVID-19. According to Healthline, “how much zinc you should take per day depends on the type, as each supplement contains a different amount of elemental zinc.” The recommended daily dose for adults is 15-30mg. Make sure you check the label of the supplement you’re taking as guide. In addition to taking zinc, don’t forget to take Vitamin C (500mg to 1,000mg per day) as it’s known to support the immune system.
Wash your hands often.
Just because you’re isolated doesn’t mean you’ll forget the number one rule of washing hands thoroughly. Make this a habit before and after you visit the bathroom, before and after meals, and after you blow your nose or cough.
Don’t share personal items.
It’s vital that you have your own utensils, towels, and beddings.
After your ordeal and if you finally test negative after the quarantine period, keep in mind that you are still susceptible to the virus. Continue practicing safety protocols, always wear a mask, clean your hands, and follow social distancing. For questions on how you can get medical advice when needed, get in touch with Medicare Plus.
Clean surfaces every day.
Aside from cleaning your own bedroom and the bathroom after you use it, your family member must also disinfect and sanitize surfaces while wearing disposable gloves.