Treating Coronavirus at Home
Posted by Tia Patel | APR-28-2020
We are now five weeks into a nationwide “lockdown” with the coronavirus now in it’s peak. We are constantly hearing messages from the government and NHS to ‘stay at home’ and prevent the spread of covid-19.
It’s become clear over the last month that this is a virus which does not discriminate. It could affect any one of us, regardless of age, health and fitness level . Whilst we are consistently being told how to prevent and protect ourselves, we should also be prepared to treat the symptoms, if we were to become infected.
So what are the symptoms?
The main two identified by the NHS are:
- Fever. This means a temperature above 38 degrees, you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- Continuous dry cough. This means coughing continuously for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than normal.
Other symptoms which have been reported by people with the virus include fatigue, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, headaches, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
For the majority of the population, the symptoms will be mild to moderate and can be treated at home, but how?
- Drink plenty of fluids. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water and avoid alcohol as this will have the opposite effect on your body and can limit your immune system.
- Get plenty of rest. Go to bed at a reasonable time. You should isolate at home if you experience symptoms and avoid strenuous activity whilst you are unwell to allow your body time to recover.
- Use over the counter medicines. Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor to the government) has advised using painkillers, like paracetamol, to alleviate symptoms rather than anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibuprofen, which can dampen the immune system and make it difficult for the body to recover.
- Using heat therapy. Hot therapy should be used for relieving muscle aches and pains or sore joints. Applying heat to the neck area has also been known to reduce spasms that lead to headaches.
- Using cold therapy. An icepack can be used to reduce the body temperature and relieve symptoms of fever by being applied to the forehead or pressure points such as the wrist or back of the neck.
In order for your body to beat the virus, we have to be prepared to get it. Just like you would prepare for a race, have all of your equipment ready such as painkillers, thermometer, hot and cold treatments and prepare your body by looking after your general health. Eat well, get plenty of rest and most importantly, don’t forget your daily exercise. The healthier you are, the faster your recovery will be.
Stay safe and look after each other.
Medical News Today (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/29108#cold_therapy)