India is reeling under the impact of Covid. This is a collection of resources and guidelines to help you cope up with the current situation.
- Do not go out. Stay home.
- If you have to go out, ensure - you wear N95 mask(well fitting) or You double mask(surgical mask inside, well fitting cloth mask outside)
- Constantly sanitize your hand with an alcohol based sanitiser
- Ensure all eligible members are vaccinated at the earliest. For vaccinations one can register at - https://www.cowin.gov.in/home
- Consume Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc supplements (these micro-nutrients help with general health, but not treatment or prevention of COVID). Further read: https://www.fox26houston.com/news/studies-suggest-4-vitamins-to-prevent-severe-cases-of-covid-19
- Link for Vitamin C and Zinc Supplements: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B08CZH2LJK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Link for Vitamin D Supplements: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B081X1KHQ4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Ensure that your medical insurance plan covers COVID. Resources to keep at home in these times include:
- Extra masks - N95 is best, but double layer of surgical 3-ply (inner) + snug-fitting cloth mask (outer) is also good. Distribute to household help, delivery boys, etc.
- Gloves and face shields (for caregivers)
- Sanitizer(alcohol based) and soap
- Pulse Oximeter
- Steamer / Inhaler
First Aid Kit and Over The Counter Medication
- Dressing cotton, bandages, band-aids
- Dettol or Savlon
- broad-spectrum antibiotic ointment
- Betadine gargle
- ORS sachets
In case of suspected COVID infection
What to look for:
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, sore throat, dry cough, headache, body aches and loss of smell or taste. If you have these symptoms.
- 80% of the cases are asymptomatic(meaning, the subject would have no illness nor symptoms)
- Vast majority of the remaining 20% would have mild cold and fever
- Very few cases need medical intervention
Isolate the patient and practice good hygiene:
- Quarantine in a room
- Monitor SPO2 levels 4 times a day
- If the bathroom needs to be shared, sanitise before and after each use. Leave a gap before next use for aerosols to disperse.
- Wash hands with soap or with alcohol based sanitiser several times a day(helps stop spread of virus)
- Drink plenty of fluids (not just water, but fluids with salt and sugar)
- Keep windows in the room open for ventilation.
Instructions for Family members:
- Keep windows in the house open for ventilation.
- Everyone in the house should wear either N95 or a double mask (inner: surgical, outer: snug-fitting cloth mask)
- Caregivers should wear gloves, face shields when serving food, etc.
- Get everyone at home tested (RT-PCR test)
- Tele-consult a doctor
- Regularly check-in on those who are living alone, away from home.
In case of a confirmed COVID infection (self, family member):
The following graphic is from https://www.indiacovidsos.org/ and is compiled by a team of doctors based on data from scientific studies on which line of treatment is recommended at what stage.
Links where information is being updated, by city:
Please read this article that describes when different drugs are to be administered, what works, what does not work.
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