Most people who contract Covid-19 will have a mild sickness and are able to recover at home, according to the CDC. That said, if you present any symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
We wanted to put together a list of items you might find helpful in the event you do get Covid-19. These items can help you monitor symptoms and treat mild symptoms.
Having these items in advance will mean you'll be prepared, in advance of being required to be in quarantine. Some of the items will also allow you to confer with your healthcare provider, who can determine when you'll need to go to the hospital, but not before it's necessary or after it's too late.
Items for Monitoring Covid-19 Symptoms
Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer for Adults
A fever is one of the key symptoms of Covid-19. Having a non-contact infrared thermometer, although a little pricier, is ideal because it's:
- More accurate than mercury thermometers
- Easy to use for patient - especially with a significant cough
- Safer to use for a caregiver - no contact with saliva and can stand further away
- More hygienic for multi-person use
- Stores readings, so you can see trends over time
A pulse oximeter measures the oxygen saturation levels in your blood. You typically want the number between 95% to 100%. If it falls below 92%, which it often does with Covid-19, it's cause for concern. A pulse oximeter, might reveal that you're in trouble from Covid-19, before you realize it, and prompt you to seek immediate medical attention, when you otherwise wouldn't. It can also help doctors monitor the severity of your case from a distance, without requiring you to go to the hospital. Regardless, you should discuss its use with your healthcare provider at all times.
We recommend getting medical grade Pulse Oximeter that is FDA approved (they're hard to find in stock right now).
- Monitors the oxygen saturation levels in your blood
- Easy to use, simply place on your finger
Whether you're sick or not, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home often. If you're sick and you live with others, this becomes even more important. High touch surfaces include door handles and knobs, light switches, bathroom and kitchen faucets, toilet handle, railings, telephones, sofas, coffee tables etc...
You can get them anywhere they're available whether at your local pharmacy, grocery store, Walmart, Costco or hardware store.
If you live with others, and you happen to become ill, having a mask will become essential, especially where 100% isolation isn't possible within a home.
A mask will be helpful for both the individual ho's sick and the caregiver. For hte individual who's sick, they should where the mask whenever they leave their room or a family member enters their room. Likewise, family members should wear masks if they have to enter the sick persons room.
If you can't get hold of surgical masks, or you find the cost prohibitive, you can make cloth based masks, in accordance with CDC guidelines as well.
COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, aches, sore throat, dry cough, wet cough or a stuffy nose. Here are some of the medications the Virginia Department of Health recommends for treatment of the symptoms of Coronavirus:
- Fever - acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil)
- Sore throat - mild pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or throat sprays (chloraseptic spray) or cough drops
- Wet cough (mucus) - Use an expectorant (Robitussin or Mucinex)
- Dry cough - Use a cough suppressant (Delsym)
- Stuffy nose - Use a nasal decongestant (Sudafed), saline spray or antihistamine (Claritin or Zyrtec)
Despite having any of the equipment or medications above. If you suspect any symptoms, you should call your healthcare provider right away. Moreover, according to the CDC, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately:
- You have trouble breathing
- You have persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- You have new confusion
- You're unable to wake up or stay awake
- You have bluish lips or face