What to do if you are sick and coronavirus is suspected? What medications to take and which to avoid?
Ibuprofen belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). You take these drugs for fever and inflammation. If coronavirus infection is suspected, it is not advisable to take this group of medicines. If you have a fever or inflammation, take paracetamol (Apap, Codipar, Acenol, Aletofar, Coldrex, Panacid, Paramax or paracetamol under any other name). Combination medications containing paracetamol can also be used.
What about Arechin?
Arechin is used to treat coronavirus infection only in hospitals. It is not available to patients who are treated outpatient - that is, at home. If you are taking Arechin or Plaquenil because of a chronic disease, you should take it as usual. It is not possible to take this medicine prophylactically.
How to behave in the event of a cold?
If you have a cold you should use medicines that are usually recommended for this condition. Such drugs include, but are not limited to, in case of fever: acetaminophen, in case of malaise: vitamin C, Rutinoscorbin. In addition, it is advisable to take a large amount of warm fluids. It is necessary to rest, bed rest. If the general condition worsens and symptoms persist, you can take an antibiotic (only on the order of a doctor) or expectorants such as ACC or Phlegmine.
What about a dry cough and a runny nose?
Coronavirus spreads, among others by droplet. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or handkerchief. Used tissue should be disposed of in a sealed basket as soon as possible and washed your hands using soap and water and / or disinfected with alcohol-based agents (min. 60%). Covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, prevents the spread of germs, including viruses. If this rule is not followed, it is easy to contaminate / contaminate objects, surfaces and other people, e.g. by greeting (handshake)
If during previous infections your doctor prescribed bronchodilators if you have a dry cough, you can also use them for your current symptoms. If your cough is persistent but you don't have a significant fever or weakness, you can take antitussives at night (e.g. Acodin, Thiocodin).
What if you have a sore throat?
If you have a sore throat, you can safely use different lozenges.
What symptoms can indicate a coronavirus infection?
The main symptoms indicative of coronovirus are: fever, dry cough, weakness, shortness of breath (difficulty breathing).
In case of shortness of breath, it is necessary to immediately seek medical assistance (ambulance).
In case of suspected coronavirus infection, the patient is obliged to contact the Sanitary-Epidemiological Station by phone or personally report directly to the infectious ward or observation-infectious ward, where further medical procedure will be determined.
Symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, sinus pain, earache, wet cough - these are not symptoms of a coronavirus, just another infection.
Patients with chronic diseases are to take all medications as before. Interrupting treatment, irregular medication are very dangerous to health.
Patients have the option of telephone visits during which doubts are clarified, prescribed medications, prescriptions issued and sick leave. Appointments should be ordered by contacting the registration - by phone or through tele-registration systems, e.g. Fees for visits are payable by bank transfer before the visit. Precise information is provided by the registration before the visit.
Statins, or cholesterol-lowering drugs - have a non-specific antiviral effect.
On a walk
Go for a walk only if you are sure that you can maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters from other people.
Wherever you meet other people - a shop, office, post office, hallway in the block - wear a mask. There are many masks on the market for a variety of purposes, which can also be used e.g. anti-smog mask with carbon filter. In the absence of a professional mask, we use self-made masks, scarves, etc.
How to put on, wear, remove and discard the mask safely?
Before putting on the mask, wash your hands thoroughly with an alcohol-based agent or soapy water.
- Cover the mouth and nose thoroughly with the mask and attach the mask so that the gaps between the face and the protective mask are as small as possible.
- Avoid touching the mask when wearing it. If you accidentally touch the mask, wash your hands thoroughly with an alcohol-based agent or soapy water.
- Replace the protective mask with a new one when it gets wet. Never re-use the single-use protective mask.
- To remove the mask, hold it from behind by tying it (do not touch the front surface of the mask) and remove it, then throw it into a lockable trash can. Wash your hands thoroughly with an alcohol-based agent or soapy water.
It is also advisable to wear disposable gloves and protective glasses.
Only enter the elevator with people with whom you live in one apartment.
Smoking increases the risk of a worse course of coronavirus infection. Stop smoking.
One person from home goes shopping - the person with the lowest risk. If there is no such person - ask your neighbors / MOPS / visible hand for help etc. Shopping should be done as seldom as possible. Shopping should be done in a mask and gloves. Try to manage the food you have at home well. Coughing / sneezing people should not go to public places at all.
When working or visiting public places, DO NOT touch your face with your hands, especially the lips, nose and eyes, and also observe the hygiene of coughing and breathing.
This is a good time to clean up. Make order in the pantry, in medicine drawers, keep cleanliness in your surroundings.
Hand washing etc.
Wash your hands many times during the day, always after returning home and before eating. Wash your body. Let the laundry run more often. The virus does not like soap, it is washed off with soap and washing powder.
Gymnastics, relaxation, harmony.
Keep your body in good condition. It will still be useful to you.
If you decide to quarantine, follow the instructions: https://gis.gov.pl/aktualnosci/koronawirus-co-trzeba-wiedziec-o-karantannie/