1) Stay home except in case it is extremely unavoidable, since most people with Covid-19 have mild illness and can recover at home.
2) Stay in constant touch with your doctor/administration through phone or in person in case the doctor advises so.
3) Take care of yourself. Get rest, stay hydrated and check your oxygen saturation regularly to avoid "happy hypoxia" - a condition where a patient feels fine but oxygen levels are falling which can be dangerous.
Monitor your symptoms which include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of appetite, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea.Â
Do not subject yourself to unnecessary investigations like CT scan and lab biomarkers without a doctors' advice. This is especially true for young patients and those with mild disease. Decisions for higher investigations should be taken only by your doctor. A single chest CT scan is equivalent to 300-400 x-rays.Â
Do not go for exercise in covid as it may exacerbate hypoxia (low oxygen levels). You should delay exercise till you have recovered.Â
Seek emergency medical care if there is:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Difficulty with waking or inability to stay awake
Pale, grey or blue coloured skin, lips or nail beds
4) Separate yourself from other people and pets. As much as possible stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom if available. If you need to be around other people, wear a mask.
5) Tell your close contacts they may have been exposed to Covid-19. An infected person can spread Covid-19 starting 2 days before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.
Dr Maajed JehangeerÂ
MBBS, MS (Gen Surg) FACSÂ
Consultant Surgeon, J&K Health Services