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Corona virus: Prepare and If you fall ill

 

This guidance / advice offered by local nurse

 

In preparation:

You basically want to prepare as though you are are going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia.

 

What you should buy ahead of time:

  • Kleenex,

  • Paracetamol

  • Whatever you generic mucus thinning, cough medicine of choice is (check the lablel and make sure you aren't doubling up on paracetamol. (Honey and lemon can work just as well.)

  • Vick vaporub for the chest is also a good 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 nd 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

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

Meal prep:

  • make a big batch  of your favourite soup to freeze and have on hand.

  • Stock up on whatever you favourite clear fluids are to drink - though tap water is fine, you may appreciate some, variety.

If you get it:

  • For symptom management and a fever over 38C take Paracetamol rather than Ibuprofen.

  • Hydrate (drink!), hydrate, Hydrate

  • Rest lots.

  • You should not be leaving the house! Even if you are feeling better you will still be infectious for fourteen days! Ask family and friends 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 39C) and unmanaged with meds.

  • If you are worried or in distress or feel your symptoms are getting worse ring 111 and they will adviser you if you need to go to the hospital

Be calm and prepare rationally and everything will be fine.