What to do when the coronavirus comes

What we now expect in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic:

  • More than half of us will be infected.
  • The vast majority of those infected will survive.
  • There won’t be room in hospitals to care for most of the infected.

So what do we do?  Olga Kagan, a registered nurse in New York, offered tips for treating yourself at home, which I have copied below.

What you need

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets

Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets.  [Note: WHO recommends avoiding Ibuprofen for coronavirus.  See comment.]

Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is

TissuesHumidifier: If you don’t have a humidifier, you can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam.).

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.

How to treat symptoms

For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. (Again, check with your doctor before taking Advil.) 

Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). 

Drink a ton.  Hydrate.  Hydrate.

Rest lots.

If you’re sick

If you’re sick, you should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor.

You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and un-managed with meds.  

We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who 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.

For parents.

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 mentioned above.

Additional advice If someone in your family has coronavirus, they should: Stay in a separate room, use a separate bathroom, if possible; use paper plates and plastic utensils or different dishes and flatware then everyone else.

Additional advice

If someone in your family has coronavirus, they should: Stay in a separate room, use a separate bathroom, if possible; use paper plates and plastic utensils or different dishes and flatware then everyone else.

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold.  Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms.  A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were relatively mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through…

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

Source: khou.com

If anybody has additional, better or different information on how to deal with the virus, please comment—if possible, with links.

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3 Responses to “What to do when the coronavirus comes”

  1. whungerford Says:


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  2. silverapplequeen Says:

    Ibuprofen has NEVER been used for the flu, it’s not what you take to bring down a fever. Do people never read the labels on the meds they take? It’s a pain reliever. That’s why it’s good for arthritis. TYLENOL is what you use for bringing down a fever.

    I too, take Ibuprofen for my arthritis. But have you tried CBD? It works for many people. It comes in all kinds of forms & it doesn’t get you high if you’re afraid of that. The creams are really great.

    I know people who have had what sounds like the coronavirus … before it was reported in this area. They are recovering. They weren’t tested, the tests weren’t available yet & what difference does it make anyway? Being wicked sick … so sick you can’t eat … feeling like death … who cares what the name of the sickness is?

    “double down” on hygiene … that’s funny. Amazing how many people seem to have less-than-stellar cleaning habits. But maybe I’m just a tad OCD about being clean & tidy & organized.

    Everywhere I go, everyone is cleaning everything. I walked past a Sunoco & an employee was washing down the pumps. I don’t drive anymore but I was thinking that I wish it had always been like this. I remember all the times I got gasoline on my hands when I used to put gas into my car. & I was thinking … ya know, I hope we don’t go back to our grimy American ways when this is all over.


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