As summer has officially come to an end, and with a significant drop in temperatures across the UK this past week, it's evident that winter has arrived. Alongside this seasonal shift, we are witnessing a new surge in COVID-19 cases.
Many individuals who contract the virus experience mild to moderate symptoms and can recover at home with proper self care and management. If you or someone you know is dealing with COVID-19 symptoms, it's essential to be well-informed and prepared. We're here to walk you through essential steps on how to manage COVID-19 symptoms at home effectively.
What Symptoms to Expect?
Many individuals may experience mild or even no symptoms at all and can safely manage the infection from the comfort of their homes. However some major symptoms include:
A new, persistent cough.
A fever or elevated temperature.
Loss of or changes to the sense of smell or taste.
Shortness of breath.
Fatigue, extreme tiredness, or a general lack of energy.
Muscle aches or pains.
Headaches that persist longer than usual.
A blocked or runny nose.
A sore throat, stuffy, or runny nose.
Loss of appetite.
Nausea or vomiting.
If you experience any of these symptoms in combination with a high temperature, or if you don't feel well enough to attend work or school, it is advisable to remain at home. It's also recommended that you test regularly to ensure you don't still have a positive result.
When isolating, here are some helpful tips from us to help manage your covid symptoms.
First and foremost, if you suspect you have COVID-19 or have tested positive, isolate yourself from others immediately. This will prevent the spreading of the virus to family and friends or work colleagues.
Rest and Hydrate
Rest is crucial when your body is fighting off any infection. Ensure you get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated by drinking water, herbal teas, or clear broths. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can lead to further dehydration.
Monitor Your Symptoms
Keep a close eye on your symptoms, as they can change day-by-day. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell. Use a thermometer to monitor your temperature regularly and take note of any new or worsening symptoms that might be important to note to your doctor.
For symptom relief, over-the-counter medications can be helpful:
- Ibuprofen can help lower fever and alleviate body aches.
- Vitamins and Minerals will help boost your immune system.
- Cough syrup can provide relief from a persistent cough.
Always consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist before taking any medication, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other prescription drugs.
Proper hygiene is crucial to prevent the virus from spreading within your household:
- Hand washing: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap is unavailable, use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
- Mask and Gloves: If you must interact with others or share spaces, wear a mask and disposable gloves to reduce the risk of transmission.
- Disinfect Surfaces: Frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and bathroom fixtures.
Stay Connected with Friends and Family Members
When isolating with Covid, staying connected with friends and family is important for our mental health and well-being. Loneliness can take a toll on our emotional state, especially when we are under the weather. FaceTime and Zoom are a great way to stay connected and offer a sense of closeness even when physical distance separates us. There are also many new apps, online games or working from home, when feasible, which can further keep us connected and with a sense of normalcy. Strong communication during isolation can serve as a source of comfort and support during these challenging times.
Nourish your Body
A balanced diet can boost your immune system. Consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid excessive sugary or processed foods, as they can weaken your immune response.
Here are some natural remedies that might help soothe covid symptoms.
Chicken soup (also known by some as ‘Jewish penicillin’) is a great natural remedy for soothing fevers, chest colds and tummy aches.
Traditional chicken soup is known for having a golden, clear broth with essential nutrients to revive you right out of your sick bed. The fat in the chicken loosens and thins out the mucus in the nose and lungs.
Several herbs have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Star anise is a star-shaped spice from which Oseltamivir phosphate (better known as Tamiflu) was traditionally extracted. Oseltamivir is a prescription drug used to speed recovery from or to prevent getting the flu. Its antiviral properties are effective against some kinds of flu viruses. Other herbs and green leafy teas also have germ-fighting and antioxidant benefits.
A herbal tea may help the body fight off the flu virus. A hot herbal drink is also soothing for the throat and sinuses. Some examples of herbal teas include:
- green or black tea
- fresh or dried ginger, or ginger paste
- fresh garlic
Herbal teas can be sweetened with pure honey. Honey, royal jelly, and other bee products have been found to have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Vitamin C, most commonly found in citrus fruits, is an antioxidant that can help boost immunity. You can get your dose from supplements or from vitamin-packed citrus fruits (like oranges and lemons) red bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, papaya, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
Seek Medical Attention When Necessary
While most COVID-19 cases can be managed at home, some may require medical attention. If you experience severe symptoms such as high fever, difficulty breathing, confusion or chest pain seek immediate medical help by calling 999.
If you have concerns regarding COVID-19 symptoms or are uncertain about the guidelines to adhere to, you have the option to schedule a telephone or video consultation with one of our healthcare professionals. This way, you can receive the best medical guidance and advice from the convenience of your own home.