The text below comes from someone (unknown, but probably from USA or Canada) who was anxious to share some suggestions about how to fight Corona virus (Covid-19) at home. It included advice from a nurse who discharged a patient who was not fully recovered. I can't confirm that the advice for Corona virus is any good and I've added my own comments at the end.
"Hello. This was shared on a Covid survivor group...have heard many of these before but it seems helpful.
HOW TO FIGHT COVID AT HOME
No one ever talks about how to fight Covid at home. I came down with Covid in November. I went to the hospital, running a fever of 103, a rapid heart beat, and other common symptoms that come with Covid. While I was there they treated me for the high fever, dehydration and pneumonia.
The doctor sent me home to fight Covid with two prescriptions - Azithromycin 250mg & Dexamethason 6mg.
When the nurse came in to discharge me, I asked her, "What can I do to help fight this at home?"
"Sleep on your stomach at all times with Covid. If you can't sleep on your stomach because of heath issues sleep on your side. Do not lay on your back no matter what because it allows the fluid to set in.
Set your clock every two hours while sleeping on your stomach, then get out of bed and walk for 15-30 min, no matter how tired or weak that you are.
Also move your arms around frequently, it helps to open your lungs. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. This will help build up your lungs, plus help get rid of the Pneumonia or other fluid you may have.
When sitting in a recliner, sit up straight - try not lay back in the recliner, as this is bad for your lungs.
While watching TV - get up and walk during every commercial.
Eat at least 1 - 2 eggs a day, plus bananas, avocado and asparagus. These are good for Potassium.
Drink Pedialyte, Lucozade Zero, Powerade Zero & Water with Electrolytes to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. Do not drink anything cold - have it at room temperature or warm it up. Water with lemon, and little honey, peppermint tea, apple cider are good suggestions for getting in fluids. No milk products, or pork.
Vitamins D3, C, B, Zinc, Probiotic One-Day are good ideas. Tylenol for fever. Mucinex, or Mucinex DM for drainage, plus helps the cough. Pepcid helps for cramps in your legs.
One baby aspirin everyday can help prevent getting a blood clot, which can occur from low activity. (*** see my comment below)
Drink a smoothie of blueberries, strawberries, bananas, honey, tea and a spoon or two of peanut butter.
We always hear of how Covid takes lives, but there isn't a lot of information out there regarding how to fight Covid. I hope this helps you or someone you know, just as it has helped me.
Copy and paste please. Sent from my iPad" (small edits incorporated above .ed)
Some thoughts of mine:
I've been surprised about the lack of information and advice about how to minimise your chance of getting seriously ill with Corona virus (Covid-19) and actions you can take at home that might help. I guess that the government only want to put out advice about actions that have been tested in clinical trials with placebo patients etc and have been proven to work. The only 'treatment' suggested that I recall from the TV was to take a 'paracetamol'.
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Now my opinions:
Drink plenty of water. Don't drink any alcohol at all.
I think Vitamin D is important in making your immune system respond well.
At the very first sign of Covid, like a dry throat or sore throat then gargle with a foaming (Soapy) mouthwash such as Listerine or even Soap in water to gargle with and sneeze out through your nose to kill the virus. Have tiny sips of very hot soapy water. Kill the virus on surfaces of the nose, mouth, tonsils and throat. Wash your hands and face with soap.
N.B. Soap = Washing up liquid = detergent = break through the protective oily, fat, greasy protein virus membrane surface. If you don't believe this read more here: https://coronavirusexplained.ukri.org/en/article/pub0006/
Whether you get ill or not, eat small slices of red, green and yellow sweet peppers, also blueberries, bananas, tomatoes, cabbage, sprouts, onions and grapefruit.
Have plenty of rest but keep active as well, getting up to walk about and breathe deeply at least once every two hours at night and several times per hour in the day.
*** I note the suggestion above for 'baby asprin' to stops blood clots. In the UK it seems doctors consider this unsafe as it may cause bleeding, particularly in the stomach. Instead they prescribe safer modern drugs to thin the blood. Get advice from your doctor.
If you are going to get vaccine jab / innoculation then don't drink any alcohol in the previous 48 hours.
Best regards and good luck getting better.
Visitor comments below:
A precaution to boost your immune system: Every year it is a good idea to have the flu jab as well.
Later on if you are ill with breathing difficulty: open window to get cool air, sit up, lean forwards slightly and breath in slowly through your nose. Don't panic.
From NHS advice:
Call 111 if...
you're feeling gradually more unwell or more breathless
you have difficulty breathing when you stand up or move around
you feel very weak, achy or tired
you're shaking or shivering
you've lost your appetite
you're unable to care for yourself for example, tasks like washing and dressing or making food are too difficult
you still feel unwell after 4 weeks this may be long COVID
From NHS advice:
Call 999 if...
you're so breathless that you're unable to say short sentences when resting
your breathing has got suddenly worse
you cough up blood
you feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
you have a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin and does not fade when you roll a glass over it
you collapse or faint
you feel agitated, confused or very drowsy
you've stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual
Thanks for additional advice.
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Page created 24 Jan 2021, amended 14 August 2023.