Deciding when to go to the hospital or seek medical care can be a challenge, particularly in the time of COVID-19 (coronavirus). You may find yourself afraid to go, even when it's necessary.
It is important to keep yourself healthy. Keeping yourself healthy means addressing health problems as they arise.
This includes getting evaluated by your family physician and going to an emergency room (ER) when appropriate.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing, and breathing problems. Unless you have severe symptoms, you can most likely treat them at home, the way you treat a cold or the flu. Most people recover from COVID-19 without the need for hospital care. Call your family physician to ask about whether you should stay home or get medical care in person.
Should I Go to the Hospital?
Staying at home when possible is an important part of preventing coronavirus spread. People experiencing medical emergencies or those that need urgent medical care should not stay at home. If you need care, you should go to the hospital.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
Sudden dizziness, weakness or fainting
The sudden change to vision
Confusion, sudden change in your mental status
Sudden or severe pain
Severe vomiting or diarrhoea
Vomiting or coughing blood
If you have these symptoms immediately go to your nearby covid hospital.
Fever with muscle aches and fatigue
Reduced sense of taste and smell
Severe diarrhoea and other stomach problems
An increasing dry, persistent cough that is worsening
If you are not experiencing shortness of breath, but are getting sicker, you may need to be evaluated by a Doctor (Link for Helpline Numbers).
At-Home Coronavirus Treatment
If your symptoms are mild enough that you can recover at home, you should:
Rest. It can make you feel better and may speed your recovery.
Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom.
Stay home. Don't go to work, school, or public places.
Drink fluids. Dehydration can make symptoms worse and cause other health problems.
Monitor. If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor right away. Don't go to their office without calling first. They might tell you to stay home, or they may need to take extra steps to protect staff and other patients.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Ask your doctor about over-the-counter medicines that may help.
**The above data is just a piece of advice that has been gathered from different sources. If you are having a serious condition it is advised to get consulted by a doctor.