The Best Practices for Home Quarantine Patients of COVID-19

Every day increasing Covid-19 cases will mean most patients will not find a hospital bed and will have to quarantine themselves at home. 

Medical experts say, around 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and don’t require hospital care.

Most people who get infected from Covid-19 will develop only the foremost symptoms like a cough or fever. But they could feel body aches, fatigue, sore throat, and headache.

Few Initial Days

Cough is dry in starting days, but eventually, some people will start coughing up with mucus containing dead lung cells killed by the virus. These symptoms are treated with bed rest, plenty of fluids, and pain relief like paracetamol.

In the current situation of ever-increasing corona cases, most of the infected people, those who do not require immediate medical attention, would have to recover at home.

But it does not mean just confined within your home all the time and waiting for the quarantine period to get over. Some good practices followed during home quarantine can accelerate the recovery process, and also protecting other people in the family. Even simple things like the right diet, adequate sleep and hydration, and maintaining a positive attitude can fasten the recovery process along with maintains mental peace. 

Chronic Health Problems 

Vulnerable individuals, like those over 55 years of age, or those with pre-existing problems like hypertension, obesity, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney or liver disease, or those consuming immunosuppressants or steroids, of course, need to be treated with special care, in regular consultation with doctors. Constant monitoring of oxygen saturation levels in these patients is very important. In fact, oxygen saturation monitoring must be a regular practice in the case of other patients also.

 Home quarantine people should keep a pulse oximeter at home and regularly check the oxygen saturation levels. If it dips below 92 percent and the patient complains of breathing difficulty, a red alert needs to be sounded and medical advice sought.

  • Food and health practices that boost immunity are helpful. 
  • Sleeping in a prone position, with face and chest down, helps the patient.
  •  During the rainy season, patients are advised to avoid fast food and ice-cream, as these can lead to sore throats.
  •  Alcohol consumption also needs to be restrained. In large quantities, this can lower down the immunity. 
  • Yoga and simple exercises can be effective.

Always keep in mind that even the asymptomatic patients are equally capable of spreading the virus, and therefore family members and caregivers at home need to rigorously follow social distancing norms and other precautionary measures. It is advisable that patients are not served food in the same utensils that are used by other family members. Preferably, disposable utensils should be used to serve food to the patient.

Final Words Until the medical fraternity is not able to find a cure or vaccine to keep it at bay, we need to effectively manage with the current situation. It is important not to panic or get worked up. In maximum cases, all that the patient would need to deal with self-isolation and quarantine, and a little bit of sickness. But healthy mental and emotional well being can also help in a better and quicker recovery. Hence, fear needs to be discarded. 

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