So far, the early stage symptoms of the Corona Virus may appear similar to that of malaria and fever. These symptoms which include abnormal body temperature as a result of fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, loss of appetite, body aches and pains, headache, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhea, and skin rash, are all common flus and ailments which can be managed till proper treatment is administered.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Covid-19 symptoms can be effectively treated or managed at home. However, life threatening symptoms such as shortness of breath, dyspnea and or abnormal chest imaging are severe and require immediate medical attention.
Note: The below listed remedies should be considered as First aid, not preventive or curative measures.
Fever occurs when the body temperature is higher than normal; normal body temperature varies a little, but a temperature above 38°C is considered a fever. If you experience fever, lose your sense of smell or taste or develop a new continuous cough, you should self-isolate immediately. On the other hand, if you are experiencing a mild illness you might not necessarily require medical attention, but all the same, self-isolate and see a doctor. Rehydration is also important. Drink plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated.
Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, can help relieve fever and ease muscle aches. A doctor can instruct a person when to go to the emergency room and what specific home treatments might work best for them.
People with a cough should avoid lying on their back and should drink warm beverages and water to soothe the throat according to the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS).
Shortness of breath can be a sign of a more severe SARS-CoV-2 infection. According to the NHS, there are four positions outlined to ease the symptoms; patients should remain calm and try breathing in slowly through their nose and out through the mouth; sitting upright in a chair; relaxing the shoulders; leaning forward slightly.
The NHS recommends sitting in a chair with a long, straight spine relaxing the shoulders, and avoiding rounding the upper back. Some evidence suggests that lying on the stomach might help people get more oxygen. It is not clear at the moment whether supplements can improve the outcomes.
Vitamin supplements and herbal remedies
Infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci announced vitamins C and D as ways that might generally boost the immune system. He noted that if you’re deficient in vitamin D, it will have an impact on your susceptibility to infection, adding that “I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself, taking vitamin D supplements.” When President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, his pills included Vitamin D and zinc.
For thousands of years, herbs like licorice, ginger, and ephedra have been used to treat respiratory infections like the flu and pneumonia. Some remedies, like forsythia, were put to the test for SARS and found to be somewhat effective in laboratory studies.
Some herbal remedies have long been used to treat infections and viruses, enhance the immune system and put the body in a healthier position to fight infections. Others are believed to be powerful antivirals that block certain viruses from replicating in the body.
A 2020 study notes that high doses of intravenous vitamin C lessened the severity of COVID-19 in 50 patients in China. Antibiotics will not treat a coronavirus infection. Only a few prescription drugs and medical products may help with the condition. Only those are usually only safe for people to have under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Most people recover after 2–6 weeks, but some people may experience long-term effects of the condition, also known as long COVID or long-haul COVID. Symptoms can include muscle weakness, low-grade fever, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping, headaches, and lapses in memory.
People can treat mild cases of COVID-19 at home. Stay at home and get plenty of rest; take OTC medications to reduce fever and pain. If a person is experiencing shortness of breath, they should try to remain calm and try different positions.
The CDC advises that “a person seek emergency medical attention if they are showing any of the following signs: difficulty breathing; persistent pressure or pain in the chest; bluish face or lips; inability to stay awake or wake up; new confusion