by Marshaneil Soumi D’ Rozario | July 27th, 2020
While the scare of the COVID19 pandemic continues, citizens across the country have tested positive; some have been hospitalized while others have been advised home care and isolation. The latter includes those who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms and have tested positive for the novel virus.
While many have followed strict precautionary measures to avoid contracting the infection, it is another daunting task to prepare oneself for the isolation time ahead- familiarizing some of the nuances of living at least a fortnight in a single room goes a long way. Dr. Suresh Sankar, Nephrologist and Senior VP Clinical Affairs, NephroPlus gives a STEP by STEP analysis of the procedure.
It is alright to suspect that you are infected if you have a fever for no reason, experience a sore throat, headache or weakness. Isolate yourself from your family; secondly, consult your doctor and explore if testing is recommended. The rationale behind this is, if one tests positive, the likelihood of infection transmission is high in the period immediately before and after. You might want to test after symptom onset, to ensure that the likelihood of the false negative is avoided. Testing at the right time is crucial.
Empty or move out things that others may need as you begin to occupy the room. Entry of inanimate objects are permitted but cannot be moved out again during the period of isolation. It is best to prepare yourself with the following:
It is likely you will have medical guidance with regards to treatment and recommended monitoring includes fever, pulse rate and oxygen saturation (Pulse ox as it is called). For medication purposes, strictly follow what your doctor has prescribed- do not go by what is on the internet or what some groups may forward to you, trust your expert. Fever can be erratic and varying in degree, but you should not fret. It is a bit tricky for a lay person; there are frequency and thresholds to know; keep in constant touch with your doctor and share any uneasiness that you may feel, immediately.
A well balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and adequate protein and lot of good hydration is recommended. The key here is appropriate “infection control” when food is delivered: best it is left on to your plate without contact. It is good to have small and frequent meals with fruits and nuts. Loss of taste and smell can be issue for some; keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day by consuming sufficient amounts of water.
Testing is not recommended for mild illness. But one may choose to do it. It is best if you are aware of how health authorities will respond to the same. Get rid of the toiletries, put your clothes and bed linen in a disinfectant before washing, do a surface cleaning of the floor, contact surfaces and toilet. You might want to do it twice. Sun dry the pillows and cushions and leave the room well aerated for three days (just a safety margin). Let the virus die a natural death.
Now you are good to go. Home is back to normal!
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