A complete guide on recovering from COVID19
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
How Covid-19 Spreads
COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It enters the body via nose, mouth and eyes.
Some recent studies suggest that the virus may be airborne and can be spread through fine infected droplets that remain suspended in the air in closed air-conditioned environments due to absence of cross-ventilation, even when one is not in direct contact with an infected person.
How To Reduce Transmission
- STAY HOME , especially if you are above 60 years or below 5 years of age, or have comorbidities
- WEAR A MASK at all times when outdoors
- SOCIAL DISTANCING – when out of doors, keep a distance of at least 6 ft from others
- WASH YOUR HANDS AND FACE at regular intervals with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- CLEAN frequently-touched surfaces with disinfectant regularly
- AVOID CLOSED CROWDED SPACES with central air-condition like offices, malls, etc. with inadequate fresh air
- AVOID CONTACT with sick individuals
- SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE as soon as symptoms appear
How It Manifests
The severity and duration of symptoms can vary; for most people, usually the symptoms last 7-14 days.
Some may have no symptoms while others may require hospitalisation.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should consult your physician who may advise RT-PCR testing if indicated. If you test positive and have mild symptoms, you may be advised home treatment. In case of high caseloads or acute symptoms, hospitalisation may be advised
If You Test Positive FOR COVID-19
- Do not step out. Stay at home all the times
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands multiple times, especially after handling cash or credit cards or other surfaces that may have the virus
- Cover your cough and sneeze. The best way to cough or sneeze is into your elbow
- Stay in a separate room with the door closed at all times. Use a separate bathroom
- Wipe your phone with disinfectant wipes or 70% isopropyl alcohol
- Wipe all surfaces you come into contact with. Any bleach-containing household product is effective.
- Wear a mask if you step out of or someone enters your room
- Wash your hands before you wear your mask. Only touch ear loops while wearing your mask
- Protect your immune system. Consume a balanced diet, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, get enough sleep and maintain healthy weight.
- Monitor your symptoms daily. Keep a finger pulse oximeter to monitor oxygen saturation.
- Seek medical advice on preventive medication for your family members or co-habiters.