The COVID-19 is impacting humanity, economy, life and livelihood like we've nothing seen before. It has spared no countries and comes in multiple waves leaving millions scarred and scared.
We all know of a friend, a colleague, a family member or a family who has been impacted by this lethal virus. Many of us freeze when we receive that call from a dear/near to informing us they tested positive and every minute following that turns anxious and nights become sleepless until the person recovers.
I put together some notes based on my personal experience from when a family member and a few friends tested positive. Here are some outreach tips.
- Pulse oximeter
- Paracetamol tablets 1 strip
- Cough syrup 1 bottle
- Vitamins and Zincovit tablets
- Steam inhaler and Karvol Plus capsules
- N95 Masks and gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Spirometer for breathing exercise
- Face shield
- Mask for nebulizer
- Don’t out them on social media or to your friends unless it is absolutely needed.
- Keep track of their treatment, consultation and medicines.
- Check on them once or twice a day for any help.
- You can order grocery, medicines, Dunzo home cooked meals (ask them what they would like to eat), schedule test and doctors appointments.
- Don’t give advice or overload them with links and videos on what do to - they are best left to doctors.
- Keep track of critical medicines, beds, oxygen, etc. in your city and how you can get hold in case there are in need.
- Be patient and think calmly.
- Take a RT-PCR test if you have any COVID19 symptoms - fever, sore throat, conjunctivitis, headache, stomach issues, etc.
- Check your SP02 (blood oxygen saturation) every two hours and write it down.
- Consult a Covid doctor (Apollo, Narayana, Fortis, etc. have virtual consultations) when your RT-PCR turns positive. - You are not a super person to fight it without medical help.
- Be responsible and inform people who’ve come in contact with and ask them to isolate and test.
- Create a small network of friends who can keep tabs on you - order medicines, grocery, arrange home cooked meals and schedule your tests/doctor appointments.
- Some workplaces have setup up Covid help desk- keep those numbers handy.
- Inform your society and stay within the 4 walls unless you need to go out for CT Scan.