It’s estimated that up to 70% of Americans will contract COVID-19. That’s a sobering statistic, especially when images on the news are filled with healthcare facilities and workers overburdened with an influx of severely and critically ill coronavirus patients.
But another statistic we all can be encouraged by is that more than 80% of COVID-19 victims will experience only a mild case of the virus. So if you wind up in that majority, you can recuperate right at home—allowing hospitals to focus their limited resources on those who are more seriously ill.
Fighting the Battle on the Home Front
Getting well at home means taking your health in your own hands— focusing on mitigating symptoms, getting rest, and preventing the spread of the virus to those who are at risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. By recuperating at home, you are actively contributing to stemming the tide of this pandemic!
Tips for Home Care
Some of the hallmark symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. So if you get any of those, first call your healthcare provider. If they tell you to manage your care from home, here are some tips:
Stay home! Home is the best place to be—away from work, school, and other public places. If you must go out, try to avoid public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
Keep a close eye on your symptoms. If things get worse, call your healthcare provider. And if you have a medical emergency, call 911. Emergency warning signs include (and this is not an exhaustive list): trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, bluish lips or face, those around you see you’re newly confused or can’t be aroused.
Take it easy. Your job is to rest as your body recovers. Sleeping and lying around should comprise much of your to-do list.
Keep it to yourself. If there are others in your household, ideally you have your own room where you spend nearly all your time. If possible, you have your own bathroom as well. And, of course, continue to be rigorous about frequent hand washing (20 seconds with soap and water) and use of hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). Avoid sharing personal items like dishes, towels, etc. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and whenever you need to be around others, wear a mask.
Keep it clean. Make sure all frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, counters, etc. are cleaned regularly with sprays or wipes according to their label’s directions.
Prevent dehydration. COVID-19 symptoms include many that mirror those of the standard cold or flu. Fever, runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea all can lead to dehydration—a complication that can require IV therapy and lands thousands in the hospital each year. In the case of COVID-19, dehydration can escalate rapidly, since some dehydration symptoms, such as fatigue and headache, are associated with COVID-19 in the first place. Other signs of dehydration can include dizziness, dry mouth or skin, and muscle cramps.
Fortunately when it comes to mild to moderate cases of dehydration, there’s a proven and effective treatment that you can use right at home, possibly avoiding a severe case of dehydration and alleviating an unnecessary burden on our healthcare community.
Dehydration Relief Without an IV
Oral Rehydration Solutions, like DripDrop ORS, provide a practical and simple way to prevent dehydration. Just mix a DripDrop ORS packet with the indicated amount of water and drink up. Its precisely-balanced combination of electrolytes and sugars provides dehydration relief fast. No need for medical professionals, specialized equipment such as an IV, or a hospital stay.
DripDrop ORS can help treat and prevent COVID-19-related dehydration—and allow you to recover in the comfort of your own bed. For that, the healthcare community, and the community at large, will thank you.