This guidance / advice offered by local nurse
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:
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
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.
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,
If you get it:
For symptom management and a fever over 38C take
Paracetamol rather than Ibuprofen.
Hydrate (drink!), hydrate, Hydrate
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