Now that the Philippines has started its vaccine rollout in the city, it can already increase the health confidence of the country. However, there are instances in which some of us may have already contracted the virus prior vaccination. In this regard, what are the home treatments that you can do as you recover in your premium condo home?
Who are the people who can do COVID-19 Home Treatment?
There are people who have experienced either asymptomatic (no COVID-19 symptoms) or mild symptoms of COVID-19. Hence, these are the people who can do home treatments since they do not need hospitalization.
If you experience a mild to no symptoms at all, then it would be better to stay at home. Home treatments can save you from being exposed in the ground zero of the virus, which is at the hospitals. Nevertheless, you should observe proper home treatments so as not to transmit the virus to your loved ones and the community.
How do I know if I have the virus?
The first thing that you should look for are the signs and your exposure to possible places where you have possibly contracted the virus. One of the things that are taken into consideration is travel history. Even if you feel well, call your healthcare provider and inform if you think that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Subsequently, your healthcare provider will give you the right advice whether to take a COVID-19 test or you just need to monitor yourself for 14 days.
On the other hand, if you have the symptoms that may suggest of COVID-19, then seek immediate help by calling the COVID-19 hotline in your respective local government unit (LGU). Then, you will be instructed when and where to get at test. Furthermore, the most common health protocol will be to stay at home by isolating yourself from others as you monitor your health condition.
The most prevalent COVID-19 symptoms include high fever which reflects a body temperature of 37.8°C, dyspnea or shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, anosmia or loss of smell, ageusia or loss of taste, cough, body ache or pains.
Usually, self-isolation is the best way to prevent other people from being infected of the virus. However, if you think that your fever still persists after a week or your condition gets worse, then you should immediately call your healthcare provider. Ensure that you will disclose that you have COVID-19 or you are suspecting of COVID-19 (especially if you have not done a swab test prior).
On the other hand, you need to realize that COVID-19 symptoms will show 2 to 14 days after you have been exposed from the virus. For those who have mild symptoms, expect a quick recovery within 2 weeks. However, people who have serious cases, especially someone who will need hospitalization, will have their recovery at least 6 weeks.
COVID-19 Home Treatments That You Can Do to Recover
In any form of health emergencies, the most essential of all is to stay calm and be prepared. We have specifically listed the home treatments that you can do before, during, and after you have contracted COVID-19. What’s great about this list is that every home treatment will be done in a space where you are most safe and comfortable.
The Home Treatment Preparation Phase
The best way for easier recovery is being prepared. Perhaps, it will become difficult to move and gather your medical needs once you have become weak due to the disease or you are grounded from going outside of your home. Hence, you should always think ahead and expect the worse possible scenarios you can have in the future. It is better to be prepared than to be sorry in the process.
Home Treatment in your Home Hospital
Now that homes have been operating more than just a living space, it is now time to vie away from enhancing your work-from-home setup. It is now the high time for you to convert your condo home into a satellite hospital. By doing so, you are giving yourself a chance to still feel cozy when the time comes that you will need to recover.
In this case, what are the things that you should prepare for in your home hospital? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Establish a Recovery Plan
Being in home quarantine may need you to secure your supplies for the duration of 2 weeks. In addition, you may need to re-establish your household plans so as not to expose the whole areas from the virus. Furthermore, you need to have list of your personal and emergency contacts at hand. On the other hand, you need to visualize the possible scenarios that you can encounter during your quarantine period. Hence, ensure that you will be well-informed about the virus and its incubation period only from the reputable source. For instance, you may read some recovery tips from the Department of Health and World Health Organization websites.
Assign your Home Hospital
Recover plans won’t work without securing a place where you can recover. Well, let us start by assigning a room that will give you access to all of your health needs. In your condo home, you need to have a separate room that will keep you isolated from the others. It may feel frustrating to combat the virus alone, but there are still ways where you can still keep in touch virtually with them. Transform your room into an ambiance that will not make you feel more ill. You can try revamping your space with bright colors since it can stimulate your inner psyche.
If you are type of person who does not want to lie down as you recover, then why not setup a mini living room inside by mounting your TV screen in the wall. In this way, you can still watch your favorite movies on Netflix.
On the other hand, if you are a mom or a dad, then it will be better if you can already someone that will foster for your children for the meantime. In the event that you will get positive, the assigned relative will immediately know what to do with your children. However, you need to ask first from your healthcare provider if they will be allowed to live in a separate house knowing that they have been exposed to you. In addition, if you are an OFW or someone who works abroad, you need to secure a place in your home where you can recover.
Secure Home Treatment Supplies
Now that you have your makeshift-satellite hospital ready, it is now time to gather the necessary supplies. Well, your grocery list should be good for 2-4 weeks in case you might need to extend your quarantine period. Hence, secure your food supplies in order to prevent you from having your food delivered; thus, exposing other people from you. Next, secure your cleaning and sanitizing materials. You should not forget your hygiene even if you are sick.
With regards to your food supplies, do not overstock canned goods or preservatives. Hence, ensure that you will eat nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables. In this case, you may need to have your own mini kitchen in your home hospital.
On the other hand, you should not forget your paracetamol for your fever and you should have access to clean water. Above all, do not forget your Vitamin C essentials.
In terms of the tools that you will need, you need to have your own digital thermometer. In this way, it can help you monitor your body temperature. Make sure that you will have a notebook where you can jot down your temperature.
Although this is not that important to be part of your home treatment for COVID-19, securing a first-aid kit won’t hurt you. Since you will be operating in just a limited space, we might never know what accidents might happen.
Finally, you can setup up a small space where you can curate your newly-found hobbies or even your newly-discovered summer recipes. This will keep your mental health at bay as you recover. Stay optimistic that once you have recovered, you can now share what you have explored during the quarantine. You might never know that there will come a time when new friends will come your way.
The Home Treatment Phase
In this stage, you have already confirmed your COVID-19 results so you need to focus on your way to recovery. Here are a few tips that you may want to consider as you do your home treatment.
Unfortunately, there are still no known cure for the COVID-19 disease so never induce an antibiotic for it will never work for a viral infection; however, you can help alleviate the symptoms as part of your home treatment. There are ways in which you can do your home treatment for cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
Home Treatment for Cough
For Cough, the best way is for you to keep your throat moist by drinking lots of water. Hence, observe a water therapy. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but it will make your throat comfortable from the pressure of coughing. Another treatment that you can do is having some warm broth or drinks. Subsequently, it will help break up the mucus that is forming in your throat.
If a cough gives you a hard time to breathe, it will be better to immerse yourself with some steam. Consequently, the steam will open your airflow; thus, making you breathe comfortably again.
On the other hand, there is a natural way you can ease up your cough. Gargle some 1 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Do not forget to spit them out and disinfect your sink afterwards!
Home Treatment for Fever
Doctors would usually recommend an acetaminophen once you have high fever due to the COVID-19. Thus, you should avoid ibuprofen drugs for it has not been researched well, particularly on its effects to the COVID-19. Similar with home treatment for a cough, water therapy really helps!
When you are sick, drinking water will keep you stay hydrated all the time. The most common result of a fever is sweating because your body is regulating the heat in your body. As a result, a lot of fluids will come out of your body, so you need to maintain your electrolytes at bay.
Finally, the most important of all is to have some rest. You do not need to take action from time to time because your own body has its own mechanism to recover. If you think you cannot stand or walk for a long time, lie still and catch some Zs.
Home treatment for Shortness of Breath
One of the difficult symptoms you can encounter is dyspnea or shortness of breath. Since we are a living creature operating in our breathing system, you need to take slow breaths and calm yourself to regain your breathing. Having shortness of breath may lead you to panic so apply meditation techniques that you know to keep your focus and take off your mind from fear.
Healthline listed down specific ways to alleviate your dyspnea:
- Breathing through Pursed Lips
In pursed-lip breathing, you are allowing the airway to open up again. In order to do this, you need to relax and inhale through your nose for two counts while your mouth is closed. Next, form your lips as if you are about to whistle, then slowly and gently exhale in four counts.
- Sit in a Forward Position
One of the ways to keep you in a relax mode is by sitting on chair with your chest slightly leaning forward as your feet are grounded on the floor. Furthermore, let your elbows rest comfortably on your knees and hold your chin with your hands. Breathe in and breathe out slowly. Lastly, do not tense your neck and shoulder muscles in the process.
- Table Support
Do the maneuver in number 2. However, the only difference is that you may rest your arms on the table while your head is lying on a pillow.
It might be difficult to imagine having dyspnea while standing, but it will actually help clear the airways for you. In this case, stand and rest your hips on a wall as you maintain an enough distance between your feet and shoulders. Rest your hand on your thighs and dangle your arms in front. Keep your muscles relaxed and lean slightly forward.
The Home Treatment Recovery Phase
Now, that your quarantine period is near and you have observed that you are starting to feel well, then you’re on your way to your recovery phase. In the recovery phase, you need to still monitor yourself and refrain from any physical activities because your fever might relapse. The best way would be to give yourself a few days to actually have a full rest.
Once you have the go signal that you can step outside of your premium condo home, start rejuvenating your spirit and inhale the fresh air in your resort-inspired condo in Bacoor.