If you think you have or you are positive with the coronavirus disease, you can expect the infection to go away on its own in at least 10-14 days. Most people recover from the disease with any special treatment. However, coronavirus disease or COVID-19 can cause the serious condition. People with the underlying condition and older adults are more likely to get very sick.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are more likely of the flu. These symptoms are:
- Trouble breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should self-isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms occur. You will need to be isolated until your symptoms are gone.
While you are self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms, there are various things you can do at home to help you feel better;
- Get extra rest while staying at home. Staying at home helps to stop the virus from spreading to other people. Also, extra rest can help you feel better.
- Drink lots of fluids to replace those you lost from a fever. Fluids also keep nasal mucus thin and make a scratchy throat feel better. Some good choices may include fruit juice, soup, and hot tea with lemon. To keep your urine pale yellow, drink enough fluids.
- Consume healthy foods especially those that help boost your immune system.
- Breathe a sink filled with hot water or moist air from a hot shower to help clear a stuffy nose.
- Put a bit of petroleum jelly on the skin around your nose and lips if it gets sore from blowing your nose a lot. After touching your face, always wash your hands.
- If you cough makes you awake at night, you can raise your head using an extra pillow.
- To help with headaches, body aches or to lower fever, you can try taking acetaminophen. Read carefully and follow all the instructions on the package. Cold and cough medications might not be safe for people who have certain health problems or young children.
- You should nor smoke or breathe in second-hand smoke. This is good advice anytime, but it’s especially important when you have an illness that can affect your breathing like COVID-19.
- If you have a dry cough, you can try medications that help stop it. Ask your pharmacist which one you can take. Any cough medicine must not use by children under 6 years.
- To calm a sore throat, suck on plain candy or throat lozenges. Do not give any of these in children under 6 years.
- Antihistamines do not treat flu or COVID-19 symptoms. It could make your nasal drainage thicker.
- You can sponge your body with lukewarm water if a fever is making you uncomfortable. You must not use ice or cold water. Lowering the fever can make you more comfortable.
- For a stuffy nose, you can use saltwater nose drops or rinses to loosen the dried mucus.
- Follow exactly all the instructions given by your doctor or healthcare provider for taking any medicines.