How to treat covid at home, according to a doctor
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In the wake of the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, one of the most stressful parts for many people is the fact that any upper respiratory symptom makes everyone wonder ‘Is it a cold? Is it an allergy? Am I tired? Or is it Covid? ?” The Omicron variant has added more confusion to the mix of this seemingly endless epidemic, as it does not quite match up to previous strains and variants.
You may have heard the seemingly good news that most cases are mild and do not require hospitalization among vaccinated individuals.
“Fortunately, Omicron caused less severe symptoms similar to those of seasonal allergies, such as a runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue.” Suneet SinghMD, an emergency medicine physician and medical director at CareHive Health in Austin, Texas. “Unlike previous variants, Omicron does not usually cause a loss of taste or smell.”
While these last warning symptoms have made it easy to determine if you have Covid, the good news is that any of the above symptoms are easy to treat at home regardless of their cause.
In any case, you still want to do your best to avoid infection at all, but it is reassuring to know that you can take steps to overcome it on your own should, unfortunately, you do become infected. As such, we’ve consulted an expert on what to do if you have a mild infection that is left to treat at home.
Covid home treatment
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms which may indicate a mild or moderate case of Covid, Dr. Singh recommends:
- Get a lot of rest
- drink a lot of water
- Take antipyretics as needed
“Most importantly, if you have any questions about your symptoms, contact your doctor,” he says. “Many providers now offer virtual care services that provide a safe and convenient way through telemedicine to help guide you on the path to health.”
When do you see a doctor about Covid?
According to Dr. Singh, the biggest red flag of all types of Covid is the emergence of breathing problems. This will usually feel like heaviness in the chest, accompanied by the inability to speak in full sentences, and the development of low oxygen levels. These are symptoms of severe Covid cases, which require hospital care with respiratory support and administration of medications such as Remdesivir, an FDA-approved antiviral drug that can only be given by IV.
Dr Singh adds that since the beginning of 2022, two new Covid drugs, Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, have been approved and put on the market.
“Both of these medications are strictly for outpatient use and have been approved by the FDA within the first five days of symptoms appearing,” he explains. “At this time, it is only people who have been diagnosed with COVID and are at high risk of developing complications from the disease.” Patients at high risk include those with a weakened immune system, heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
Dr. Singh says the main takeaway is that people should contact their healthcare team to discuss whether any of these medications are appropriate for their individual condition.
Bottom line:Use your best judgment when it comes to treating a case of COVID-19 at home. Stay in contact with your health care team to make sure what you are dealing with is mild and that you are taking appropriate action to avoid exposing others. And it can’t be said enough: If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, make your appointment today.
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