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Tips to treat (mild) COVID-19 at home – ICU Nurse

An Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse in the United States of America (USA) has taken to her twitter handle @bassbarbie182 to explain how to treat mild COVID-19 at home. She based her write up on first hand experience treating COVID-19 patients in the United States of America.

With the rising COVID-19 cases all over the world in what has been termed “second wave of COVID-19”, lots of countries have declared various regulations to curb the spread. Recently, the United Kingdom imposed an order blocking travelers without Negative COVID-19 test result from entering the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) alongside the Presidential Task Force in charge of COVID-19 has been lamenting about the poor handling of Nigerians as regards the second wave of the virus. Large Number of cases are being recorded on a daily basis and Nigerians does not appear very concerned. In fact, the NCDC raised an alarm recently that Nigeria is running out of treatment facility.

The virus keep spreading like wild fire even despite the availability of vaccine in Nigeria. Getting lots of people vaccinated within a short period of time especially without a National Lockdown might be difficult and the Federal Government of Nigeria needs to consider their options carefully.

In the meantime, the Tips shared by the ICU Nurse in the United States will be a lot useful to protect one’s personal health as well as immediate family.

In a series of thread, @bassbarbie182 explained how mild COVID-19 can be treated and when a patient needs to be immediately taken to a hospital. She wrote:

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“First, purchase a pulse oximeter online or from your local drug store. There are several trustworthy brands for under $15 on Amazon. Monitor your oxygen saturations every few hours, and if they drop below 87% and stay there… it’s time to go to the hospital.”

“Sleep on your belly whenever you can. This provides more room for your lungs to expand without taking on fluid.”

“Get up and walk, even if you don’t feel like it. At least once an hour, walk up and down your steps, do a few laps around your living room, whatever you can manage. This prevents fluid from settling in your lungs.”

“Sleep as much as your body tells you to. But make sure you get up and move around as often as you can.”

“Eat when you can. High calorie, high protein. Stay away from dairy products like milk and ice cream. Drink fluids like gatorade that have electrolytes in them. With a fever, you can become dehydrated quickly and will feel worse.”

“Treat your symptoms!!! For fever, body aches and chills, alternate taking 200-800mg of ibuprofen and 500-1000mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6-8 hours. Cough medicine (without acetaminophen) for dry cough. Cough drops, hot tea, hot lemon water with honey for sore throat.”

“For example: 6AM- 600mg of ibuprofen with some mucinex. 12PM- 1000 mg of Tylenol. 6PM- 800mg ibuprofen, repeat dose of mucinex.”

“You can disinfect your home with 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Lysol, Clorox, etc. wash off frequently touched surfaces like fridge/microwave handles, faucets, doorknobs.”

“Don’t get retested!!! You can still test positive for months and you are no longer shedding. Consider yourself positive and contagious for 10-14 days after your first symptoms. If you still have any symptoms, after 10 days, consider yourself contagious.”

Taste and smell may not come back for months. Contact your physician, local healthcare center or “appropriate authorities” if you have ANY questions on whether you are safe to return to work or school…

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