It’ll also be helpful to determine if your area has a dedicated quarantine facility, especially if you live with someone who’s at risk of developing severe infection.
Following your municipality’s social media accounts and saving their contact numbers, as well as the numbers of the nearest healthcare facilities, might prove useful in case you get sick with mild or severe COVID.
Prepare the Essentials
Sick or not, it wouldn’t hurt you to keep a stock of the following essential items:
- Food and water; include ingredients for healthy meals and foods you and your family like even when sick
- Household supplies, especially for cleaning and disinfection
- Medicines and supplements
- Pulse oximeter
- A way to consult a doctor (phone or internet) and contact others, to alert them that you need help.
How to Address Mild COVID Symptoms at Home
In case you developed mild COVID symptoms like fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, and headache, consider doing the following:
Stay at home
Don’t go to work even if you feel well enough to do so.
At home, isolate yourself in a separate room at all times. Though being in shared spaces is not ideal especially when you have vulnerable members at home, if it can not be avoided, wear a surgical mask if you need to be around people and maintain distance. Don’t share utensils and do have your food sent to your room during mealtimes. If your home has two bathrooms, dedicate one to yourself. When bathroom sharing is the only option, it needs disinfection after you use it. Also, don’t forget regular handwashing and disinfection.
Now, if you live alone, arrange for no-contact delivery of your essentials. In some areas, the barangay officers help with this.