Since the outbreak in December of 2019, the media has been relentless in informing the public about all of the precautions for coronavirus to avoid contracting the infection. But what should you do if you contract the virus? Should you make an appointment with your doctor? Are there any specific medicines for coronavirus? Is coronavirus treatable at home?
Keep reading to find the answers to all the questions you might have when you test positive for COVID-19 ? from medical care to recovery.
The RT-PCR test (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) and an antigen test are the most reliable ways to determine if you have COVID-19. If you haven’t had a test but suspect you have COVID-19, here are some symptoms to look out for so you can be sure.
How Coronavirus Manifests
The most commonly reported coronavirus symptoms are as follows
- Dry cough, cold, sore throat
- Fever or chills
- Body aches
- Congestion or runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite/taste/smell
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you should get tested for COVID to be sure. By confirming the presence of the virus, you can follow a proper treatment plan and take the required precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.
What happens after you test positive?
If you get a coronavirus diagnosis, it means you are actively infected with the virus that causes it. Hence, you must take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and avoid spreading the virus to others. You can do so by self-isolating and keeping an eye on your symptoms.
If you have tested positive, it is recommended that you seek medical advice from your healthcare provider. Make sure to mention all of the symptoms you’re experiencing, as well as any previous illnesses you’ve been diagnosed with. If your symptoms are mild, your doctor may advise you to treat yourself at home. If that’s not the case, hospitalisation may be suggested.
Treating Coronavirus at Home
Many COVID-19 patients have minor symptoms that can be managed with supportive care. This can be practised at home and is focused on reducing symptoms. It includes a variety of things like ?
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Getting enough rest
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Managing fatigue through exercise
- Practising home remedies to manage cough
- Maintaining emotional well being
- Monitoring symptoms regularly
Home treatment also includes care instructions that help you contain the spread of the virus. You must be aware that the disease is contagious and that everyone reacts differently to it, so if you have the infection, practice self-care while also being mindful of others around you.
If you feel like your symptoms are only getting worse, seek medical care immediately. If you start noticing things like ?
- Oxygen saturation less than 95%
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Bluish lips and/or face
- Consistent fever for more than 3 days
- Mental confusion
Make an appointment with your doctor right away. Based on your condition and medical history, your physician will devise a treatment plan that is specific to you. Even if you’ve heard that medications like remdesivir or steroids will help, consult your doctor first. Because these treatments are only effective if they are given at the right time based on your current state.
The battle against the infection doesn’t end here. Due to the virus’ effect on the lungs and other organs, the body needs time to recuperate and return to its previous state.
Recovering from COVID-19
If you’re recovering from COVID-19 or have been discharged from the hospital, you’ll have to fight little battles every day until you’re back to normal. You may encounter various symptoms like lack of concentration, headaches, difficulty breathing, etc., persisting even after you test negative.
As time passes, some of the symptoms will resolve on their own, but some symptoms will require patience and effort on your part.
But remember, you are not alone in the fight against COVID-19. If you are having trouble getting back on your feet, an occupational therapist can assist you in adjusting to your new energy levels and limitations.
As important as social distancing is, it is also important to reach out to get help in times of need. Ayu Health Hospitals can help. All doctors at Ayu Health Hospitals have access to telemedicine, allowing patients to consult doctors over video calls. We also offer medicine delivery and sample collection for lab tests from the comfort of your own home. To book a consultation with a doctor, please visit Ayu Health or call us at 08069489584.
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About the Author
Dr. S. Goel
Dr. S. Goel is a renowned Internal Medicine Specialist currently practicing at Ayu Health Hospital, Bangalore. He is a Specialist in Internal Medicine, Diabetes HTN, Paediatric Care, and Family Medicine.