Depending on how severe your symptoms are, there are various COVID-19 treatments. No specific antiviral or immunotherapy is advised if you are not in the hospital or do not require extra oxygen.
You could require: Depending on how severe your COVID symptoms are.
- extra oxygen (given through tubing inserted into your nostrils).
- Monoclonal antibodies may be infused to help some patients.
- Antiviral drugs may lower the risk of hospitalization and death in some COVID-19 patients.
- Mechanical air conditioning (oxygen through a tube inserted down your trachea). As long as you’re using a ventilator to get oxygen, you’re given drugs to make you feel at ease and drowsy.
- Oxygenation of extracorporeal membranes (ECMO). You still receive treatment despite having a machine pump your blood outside your body, and it takes over the heart and lungs of your body.
Are vaccinated individuals still having COVID-19?
Yes, even if you’ve received a vaccination, you could still contract COVID-19. No vaccine is completely effective. Breakthrough cases—when a person tests positive after receiving the full vaccination course—are anticipated, particularly as the SARS-CoV-2 virus mutates.
The vaccinations greatly decrease your chance of infection, but not completely. There is little chance that a breakthrough infection will cause a serious illness or death.
How can my symptoms be treated at home?
If your COVID-19 symptoms are modest, you may probably take care of your health at home. The following advice:
- Drink lots of fluids—water is ideal—sleep a lot, and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you have a fever.
- If you cough, sit up or rest on your side rather than your back. A spoonful of honey can be added to hot tea or water; however, young children should not be given honey. Using salt water, gargle. For advice on over-the-counter comfort care items, including cough suppressants and cough drops/lozenges, speak with your doctor or pharmacist by phone. Have a friend or member of your family pick up any necessary medications. You have to remain at home.
- Try to unwind if you’re worried about your breathing. Inhale slowly and deeply via your nose, and exhale slowly through pursed lips (as if you were blowing out a candle slowly).
- Call 911 if you’re having problems breathing.
In a few days to a week, if you have a mild case of COVID-19, you should start to feel better. Contact your healthcare practitioner if you believe your symptoms are getting worse.
How can I avoid acquiring COVID-19?
Your best line of defense against COVID-19 is vaccination. To prevent getting them, you should take the same precautions to prevent getting other viruses like the flu or the common cold.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after using the restroom, wipe your nose, and come into contact with someone who is contagious.
- Put on a multilayered fabric facemask that fits snugly on your face and covers your mouth, nose, and chin, as instructed by the CDC.
- To avoid spreading infections from your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sneeze and cough into your sleeve when sneezing and coughing. In the garbage, place the tissue. After, wash your hands. Never sneeze or cough into your hands!
- Keep your distance (6 feet or less) from somebody with a cough, a cold, or other illness. When you’re sick, stay at home.
- Stay away from large crowds if you are prone to disease or have a weakened immune system. Pay close attention to the guidance provided by the healthcare authorities in your area, especially during outbreaks.
- Use a disinfectant that kills viruses to clean regularly touched surfaces (such as doorknobs and countertops).
- Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
- Instead of shaking hands, make a pleasant motion to introduce yourself.
- Get enough rest, maintain a good diet, consume lots of liquids, and engage in some exercise if you can. Your immune system will be boosted by taking these actions, making it easier for you to resist infections.