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KOCHI: The second wave of Covid continues to strike across the country, and Kerala is also suffering. The availability of medical resources is decreasing every day – be it medical staff, laboratories or hospital beds. Good coordination between private and public hospitals has so far enabled us to somehow manage our resources effectively.
At this point, you don’t want people with mild symptoms to occupy the hospital beds. Everyone should be able to manage mild Covid symptoms at home. Avoid going to the hospital and letting people with other illnesses seek emergency medical attention. Here are some pointers: If you test positive, you need to isolate yourself first. Your room should be well ventilated with a fan. Avoid air conditioning.
If your caretaker is Covid negative, he should wear a suitable mask, face mask, gloves and a disposable PPE set if possible. Also, make sure that you dispose of all of your disposable protective equipment with the utmost responsibility. Have a digital thermometer and pulse oximeter ready. They will help you monitor symptoms at home.
Assess your symptoms to determine the severity of the condition. There is a possibility of persistent fever in the first few days. The digital thermometer can be used to measure your temperature. Medicines like acetaminophen can help keep the fever under control. Treat coughs, sore throats, and nasal blocks with oral medications and home remedies. Loss of taste and smell is quite common with Covid, but not all infected people can develop this. The senses usually recover when you recover from illness. It is advisable to obtain teleconsultation from a doctor for symptomatic treatment.
Assess your ability to breathe. Can you take a deep breath and hold it for at least 10 to 20 seconds? If you can, don’t worry at this point. Adjust the abdominal ventilation / side position / and sitting position. Avoid lying flat on your back for long periods of time. To learn more about abdominal ventilation, you can consult the internet or ask a doctor or respiratory therapist.
Another important aspect is your blood oxygen level, which is measured with a pulse oximeter. If it’s over 94%, you’re in good shape right now. Also check the oxygen level after light exertion, e.g. B. After going to the bathroom or walking in your room for six minutes. If your saturation is still above 94%, this shows that your oxygen levels are okay. If your saturation is between 92 and 94%, be very careful. You need to monitor your oxygen levels every 4 to 6 hours. If your oxygen level is below 90% and you have chest discomfort accompanied by frequent coughing, shortness of breath, or persistent fever, you may need to be admitted after consulting your doctor. There are also rare cases where Covid presents as a stroke with weakness or speech weakness.