Good advice from a nurse on Twitter if you should get the virus:
One thing I HAVEN’T really seen going around is #advice for what happens if you DO get #coronavirus (many of us will), we're only seeing advice for how to try to #AVOID it. So as your friendly neighborhood RN: Things you should *actually* #buy #aheadoftime (Erm, not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): #Kleenex, #Acetaminophen (#Tylenol) in #325mgtablets, #Ibuprofen (#Advil) in #200mgtablets, #Mucinex, #Robitussin or #DayQuil/ #NyQuil, whatever your #coughmedicine of choice is.
If you don’t have a #humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. (You can also just turn the #shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). Also a #goodtime to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.
If you have a #historyof #asthma and you have a #prescription #inhaler, make sure the one you have #isntexpired and refill it/get a new one if it is.You #basically just want to #prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty #respiratory bug like #bronchitis or #pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.For #symptommanagement, use the meds I mentioned. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both #coughsuppressants and #expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton, #hydrate hydrate.
Rest lots. If you're sick, you should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and unmanaged with meds.90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds.
We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.
They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely.One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF). Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.