Finally, some sensible advice on Covid-19

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Finally, some sensible advice on Covid-19

Good advice from a nurse..not from me!

“What I have seen a lot of are recommendations for how to try to avoid getting coronavirus in the first place -- good hand washing, personal hygiene and social distancing -- but what I have NOT seen a lot of is advice for what happens if you actually get it, which many of us will. So as your friendly neighborhood Nurse let me make some suggestions:


You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it might come your way!

Things you should actually buy ahead of time (not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?):
Kleenex,
Paracetamol,
whatever your generic, mucus thinning cough medicine of choice is (check the label and make sure you're not doubling up on Paracetamol)
Honey and lemon can work just as well!   
Vick vaporub for your chest is also a great suggestion.

If you don’t have a humidifier, that would be a good thing to buy and use in your room when you go to bed overnight. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam).

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if necessary.

This is also a good time to meal prep: make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.

Stock up on whatever  your favorite clear fluids are to drink - though tap water is fine you may appreciate some variety!

For symptom management and a fever over 38°c, take Paracetamol rather than Ibuprofen.

Hydrate (drink!) hydrate, hydrate!
Rest lots. You should not be leaving your house!  Even if you are feeling better you may will still be infectious for fourteen days and older people and those with existing health conditions should be avoided!
Ask friends and family to leave supplies outside to avoid contact. 

You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high (over 39°C) and unmanaged with meds. 90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds.

If you are worried or in distress or feel your symptoms are getting worse, ring 111 and they will advise if you need to go to hospital.  The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.

If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your Doctor or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.

One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days (but they will still be infectious), Just use pediatric dosing .

Be calm and prepare rationally and everything will be fine.  Share this as it's great advice!"


Comments

  1. semoga semuanya selamat ..

    Covid-19 berbahaya kepada mereka yang menderita penyakit kronik..

    yang lain-lainnya cuma perlu berhati-hati sahaja

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    1. In shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  2. be positive, stay calm and enjoy stay at home :)

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  3. Yes the way to be safe is just "stay at home" their said.
    but for me the way to be safe just keep healthy and do exercise :D
    hope we always in protect by our God

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    1. I agreed. We cannot neglect that one.
      Take care ya

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  4. Semoga wabah ini segera berlalu dan kita tetap sehat wal afiat

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    1. In shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  5. Now we all know what to do.
    I thought I have a fever last night turns out it was just a minor migraine.

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    1. Yeah true. If not, even the slightest discomfort makes us panic and we tend to overthink.
      But please stay safe and healthy tqa. Take care ya.

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  6. Alhamdulillah.. Akhirnya ada juga nasihat macam nak tangani situasi bila dah terjangkit.. Ramai yang tak tahu dan panik hingga hospital penuh..

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    1. true. semua panic and tend to overthink.
      Ray pun cuma sambung share untuk kebaikan semua.

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  7. It is better to stay indoors as there are many activities we can do at home..

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    1. true. I am staying indoors and even do my exercises inside.

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  8. Thank you for the good info kak Ray!! ;D May Allah protect you and your family...

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    1. Stay safe and take care to you and your family too.
      May Allah protect us. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

      Akak cuma sambung share untuk semua. Semoga bermanfaat.

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  9. Senyum dan duduk rumah diam-diam. Perang dengan anak-anak je Kak feni ni Ray.

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    1. hahahah bagus la tu. It's a good time untuk spend more time dengan family kan.
      stay safe and take care akak.

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  10. Thanks for the good sharing! A lot of people need these advices.. :D <3

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    1. I am so thankful to the one who share this to me too.
      I'm glad I did too.

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  11. thanks ray for sharing this tips! might be needing it who knows...

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    1. I am so thankful to the one who share this to me too.
      I'm glad I did too and I hope it'll help you too.

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  12. Yes, good advice. Sensible and taking measure if you had one.

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    1. I know right. After reading this, I calmed down a bit.

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  13. I haven't get out of the house since last week. I hope everything would recover soon.

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    1. yeah me too. I hope everything will be okay soon.
      reading the news and all those infos regarding covid 19 makes me uneasy.

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  14. moga dijauhi and take care dik,

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    1. in shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

      take care and stay safe too kak comel.

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  15. Yes.. so true.. stay safe Ray

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    1. you too mama.

      stay safe and take care tau

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  16. Selalu kita jadi panik bila orang lain panik, and yes kalau tak kritikal jangan ke hospital takut dapat penyakit lain

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    1. betul. bila panik we tend to overthink lepas tu unexpected things might happen due to that.

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  17. stay safe ray ,,,eat healthy foods a lot ya .. harap wabak ni berakhir dengan cepat..

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    1. thank you so much kak wani. you too.

      Yeah I really hope so.

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  18. take care sisturrr..
    may Allah ease everything..

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    1. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن .

      you too take care and stay safe.

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  19. thank you! i need this. Stay positive

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    1. you're welcome. I'm so happy it helps.

      You too stay positive.

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  20. Nice tip.
    Take care and stay safe.
    #kitajagakita

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    1. thank you so much.
      I was just trying to continue what people share here.
      you too take care and stay safe.

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  21. stay at home or stay at hosp.? u choose...:-)

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  22. moga semua ni berlalu dgn elok dan pengakhiran yg baik.
    as for me, ray, stock kan apa yg perlu utk anak2 terutamanya.
    bahan asas utk masak.
    dlm fridge dah ready blend - bwg putih, bwg kecil & ciliboh.
    then bwg besar siap2 kopek, dok jugak dlm fridge.
    susu pekat. gula pasir. biskut lemak. milo. planta. tu wajib. makanan di kala lapar.
    panadol, yes ada. other than that - jaga kesihatan. num air putih. stay sihat.

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    1. uwahhhh that is great. betul utamakn apa yang penting.
      semoga kita semua sentiasa berada dalam lindungan Allah swt.
      اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  23. Good advice but we learn it hard way. Btw keep stronger and nicer ya Ray :)

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    1. thank you so much akak. back to you.

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  24. ada hikmah semuanya..semoga dunia cpt sembuh dr wabak covid ni

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    1. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  25. menyahut seruan PM untuk #stayathome

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    1. yeah betul stay home and stay safe. take care akak

      #stayathome

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