COVID-19 Home Remedies: How To Address Mild Symptoms

There are now more than 722,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. But health authorities have also been reporting more people recovering from the disease, with the number growing over 151,700. 

To many people, COVID-19 means death. However, it is important to know that the disease has a lower mortality rate compared to its cousins SARS and MERS. 

Records of early cases worldwide show that most people who contracted the novel coronavirus showed only mild symptoms. Many patients were also able to recover at home without requiring critical care. 

"Self-management at home for mild symptoms would be similar to other colds or the flu: rest, stay well hydrated, isolate away from other family members," Abraar Karan, a physician at Harvard Medical School, said as quoted by Business Insider.

He added some over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol, could help treat the fever caused by COVID-19. However, there have been reports about the potential side effects of NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen, Advil and Motrin, which may worsen the disease. 

But scientists have yet to confirm the link between worse COVID-19 symptoms and the drugs. Aside from medications, there are other simple ways to manage the disease at home if you tested positive.

While self-isolating, the patient should take fluids that contain “a bit of sugar and salt.” A little sweeter or salty drinks can help improve how the body absorbs water, according to Rishi Desai, chief medical officer at Osmosis. 

More Things To With COVID-19 Symptoms

It is important to observe how the disease progresses everyday. It will help patients get immediate medical attention and treatment if symptoms of COVID-19 become severe. 

"If symptoms come to include shortness of breath, severe weakness, or even worse, signs of low oxygen like blueness around the lips, then seeking care in an emergency department is very important," Michael Gross, chief medical officer at Huntington Hospital, said. 

Those who may have interacted with the patient should also observe their condition. The patient should inform health authorities about the people who might have been exposed to the coronavirus when they started feeling sick and in the two weeks before the symptoms appeared.

COVID-19 Pandemic Health authorities encourage people with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for seven days, keep a 2-meter distance from other people at home and to sleep alone. Pixabay