Treating People with COVID-19

When COVID-19 infects any person, the two big issues are:

Isolation for Two Weeks:  Due to the incubation period of the virus and they cycle of illness, the sick person should self-quarantine for two weeks.  Unfortunately, this included all family members as well.  Since the virus can incubate in a person for two to fourteen days, it is likely that other family members will test positive at some point.

Many will only have symptoms similar to a cold with a 100 degree fever.  Others will have a few days of illness accompanied by a feeling of shortness of breath.  Older and health compromised people must monitor their illness more closely to avoid pneumonia.  It is thought that the pneumonia vaccine may lessen the possibility of pneumonia-related coronavirus complocations.

This does not mean that everyone will catch the infection.  Neither will they manifest the same level of sickness.  Notify friends and family of your isolation, and call on them for assistance for anything that may be delivered to your door.  

Avoid going to the doctor or hospital.  Look into the TELEMED services, like the MDLIVE app, that allow you to talk with medical services, get medication, and address any complications.

Handwashing by Others:  Never has handwashing be so significant outside a hospital setting.  Use liquid soap dispensers and wash your hands every 30 minutes or whenever you suspicion that you may have touched an infected surface.  As if you need to touch your face, was your hands first.  The key is not letting the virus enter the eyes, nose, or mouth by touching them with unwashed hands.

Sanitizing Dispensers:  If you have purchased hand sanitizing bottles ahead of any sickness, place them throughout the house and use them often.  The best hand sanitizing products are said to be 61-72% alcohol.  In a pinch, Isopropyl alcohol can be used to clean hands and surfaces.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes:  Though the virus is not airborne, it can spread by an aerosol effect of a cough or sneeze.  Keep tissues on hand and discard them safely.  

Plastic Gloves:  For those who clean the area, collect the trash, or deal with a sick person, it is wise to wear disposable gloves.  Discard gloves once away from the patient area and do not reuse them.

Age and Health of the Person:  Children do not seem to easily catch the virus or suffer many symptoms is infected.  Illness concerns worsen with the age and heath condition of the person.  Those with chronic illness, respiratory problems, and weak health are most at risk.  Keep any sick person completely away from elderly people.

Food and Water Provisions:  Avoid panic and hoarding, but it may be wise to have canned provisions on hand to last the family for two weeks.  Another idea is to signup for food delivery services like Instacart.

Pneumonia and Respiratory Complications:  During an illness "Shortness of Breath" is the common symptom.  Stay in touch with your physician and track the progress of the disease.  The known complication is a pneumonia condition.