Staying Home with Covid


Staying Home with Covid


Executive Summary

Being diagnosed with Covid-19 can be scary for both you and your loved ones. Government health authorities, both provincial and federal, have released guidelines for individuals who have contracted the virus.  Below is a quick guide to recommendations for both those who have contracted Covid-19 and their family members.

 

How to Look After Yourself if sent Home

If you have Covid-19 you should isolate yourself in your home, only leaving to seek medical care.
  • Stay at home. Most people who contract Covid-19 are fine to recover at home on their own.
  • Hydrate and Rest.
  • You may be able to take over the counter drugs to help relieve your symptoms. Ask your doctor which would be appropriate.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. They will advise you on how to best manage your symptoms and when to seek care if necessary.
  • Separate yourself as much as possible from other members of your household. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.  Wear a mask if you must be around others.

 

How Others Can Look After You

While you are ill you may need someone to take care of household tasks and responsibilities for you.
  • Grocery shopping, prescription refills, and other needs should be taken care of by a family member or friend. Preferably, delivery would be arranged when possible to avoid contact with the public.
  • Ask a family or friend to look after your pet. This will allow you to rest and alleviate the need to take your pet outside i.e. Leaving the house.    You should have as little contact with your pet as possible if someone else is caring for it.
  • Monitor your symptoms and have your doctor’s information on hand. This way they can call on your behalf if your symptoms are worsening to ask for advice.
  • Be aware of symptoms that require medical attention immediately.

 

What Your Household Should be Practicing if a Member has Covid-19

It is possible that only one member of a household will be positive for Covid-19.  In these instances, it is important that other members of the household are taking precautions to prevent contracting the virus.
  • Eat in separate areas
  • Do not share person items
  • Disinfect house regularly, especially high touch surfaces.
  • Wear masks and gloves if you must be around others while sick
  • Wash hands often

 

Other points of advice that you may want to consider:

  • Sleep on your stomach at all times (or at least on your side). Lying on your back allows fluid to set into your lungs.
  • Set your alarm clock every two hours. Get out of bed and walk for 15-30 minutes regardless of how you feel.
  • Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth - this helps build the lungs.
  • Sit up straight even when you are in a recliner. If watching TV, get up and walk during every commercial.
  • Eat at least one to two eggs a day, plus bananas, avocado and asparagus for potassium.
  • Drink Pedialyte, Gatorade Zero and water to prevent dehydration. Peppermint tea, apple cider and water with lemon and honey help as well. Drink everything warm or at room temperature.
  • No milk products.
  • Taking vitamins D3, C, B, zinc and Probiotic One-Day are a good idea.
  • Drink smoothies of blueberries, strawberries, bananas, honey, tea and a spoon or two of peanut butter.

 

 

The Bottom Line

Always follow government and health authority guidelines on how to best prevent and manage Covid-19 spread.   A health professional should always be your first point of contact if you are feeling unwell.

 

 

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