There are numerous remedies people practice if they test COVID-19 positive, the remedies are indigenously generated and of course scientifically generated.
Well, we can not rule out those remedies in totality, as everyone tries his or her best to apply defence against further multiplication of Coronavirus if one tests COVID-19 positive. This report therefore, brings you seven steps you can take if you have just tested positive to COVID-19 as well as going for COVID-19 test, as shared today by the College of Medicine(COM) epidemiologist and lecturer Doctor Titus Divala, through his facebook page.
Doctor Divala said: “If you have tested positive, or if you have not had a test but have developed symptoms(chances are that it is COVID-19), there is no need to panic, because most people are going through with little or no trouble. The key is to follow these few steps:
“1.Make sure that you are being responsible by doing your best not to pass it to others, because you never know who gets to struggle with or die from it.
“ 2. Live a healthy life including having a balanced diet. If you are on treatment for any chronic illness, make sure you are taking your medications consistently.
“3. Observe your symptoms and have someone who can help call for help should need be. If you feel breathless or severe chest pain or other severe symptoms, contact the local number, or the national helpline 54747. Timely access to oxygen is what will save your life, and may prevent you from needing advanced and invansive care. So do make sure you get the necessary support as quickly as possible.
“Always know your nearest treatment centre and have transport plans that may not put others at risk. This is important in case step 3 fails, you can have your care givers quickly move you to the treatment centre(do not be the driver). Have a medical mask on and your care givers should also have masks. Keep car windows fully open. Sit on the back. This can safely get you to care if number 3 does not work.
“4. If you have a headache or fever take the analgesia you usually take. If there is something that relieves your usual cough, take it when COVID-19 cough starts.
“5.There is no proven preventive treatment or cure for COVID-19. Many will ask you to take prescription only drugs(eg azithromycin, dexamethasone, chloroquine or hydroxy-chloroquine) because they have heard from others on TV or radio or social media. Some of these drugs become useful but only in hospital and as directed by your care takers. They can be very dangerous if taken at home under your own or relatives’s or friend’s direction.
“6.Some will ask you to take some garlic, ginger, pawpaw leaves, barks of some tree or other herbs. On these my advice is that you should take them only if they normally give you relief whenever you have a cold or cough. Take them as symptom relievers not as cure. And avoid all that you do not normally consider food. A lot of these are harmful and many have been coming to hospitals not because COVID-19 has worsened, but because their liver or kidneys have been blown by these herbs.
“7. Except for isolation(to protect family, friends and others, you never know who will struggle with or die from it) live as normal a life as possible and a strong support system.
“Lastly, do not shy away from care. Timely access to oxygen therapy is what may keep you alive and is available in most of our hospitals.”
Meanwhile, Dr Divala has also urged the relatives of a patient of COVID-19 to avoid stigmatization, saying it worsen the patient’s condition.