What to do if you get it.

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So what I have seen a lot of is recommendations for how to try to avoid getting coronavirus in the first place -- good hand washing -- but what I have NOT seen a lot of is advice for what happens if you actually get it, which many of us will. So as your friendly neighborhood RN, let me make some suggestions.

You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.

Things you should actually buy ahead of time (not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): Kleenex, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets, Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets, Mucinex, Robitussin or whatever your generic cough medicine of choice is (check the label and make sure you're not doubling up on acetaminophen - some brands like DayQuil have it included and you don't want that). You want a cough medicine with both a cough suppressant and expectorant. Vix vaporub for your chest is also a great suggestion.

If you don’t have a humidifier, that would be a good thing to buy and run in your room when you go to bed overnight. (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 expired.

This is also a good time to meal prep: make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand. Whatever your favorite clear fluids are to drink (Sprite, juice, ICE waters, Fresca, whatever floats your boat), stock your pantry with those. Maybe get some nice soothing tea too!

For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol 650 mg and Advil 400 mg so you’re taking a dose of one then the other every 3 hours.

Drink A TON, hydrate hydrate hydrate. Rest lots. You should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95).

You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high (over 103.5) and unmanaged with meds. 90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively 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.

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.

Remain calm and prepare rationally. We are going to be alright.
 

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I have a somewhat related question...

Before this Coronavirus scare, the news had been saying that you can catch the flu more than once this year, possibly even the same strain again.

Does anyone have a clue if you can catch the Coronavirus more than once?

Thanks.
 

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I have a somewhat related question...

Before this Coronavirus scare, the news had been saying that you can catch the flu more than once this year, possibly even the same strain again.

Does anyone have a clue if you can catch the Coronavirus more than once?

Thanks.


Yes you can. If anyone in your family gets it, disinfect, disinfect, disinfect.
 

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A couple problems are popping up in Italy that they didn't see in China.
Patients are also dying in their forties. Underlying conditions that westerners have (and the Chinese don't) like diabetes and obesity are contributing factors in these deaths. Why would diabetes or obesity worsen a respiratory disease? The reasons are complicated and Goooogle is your friend.
 

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Yes you can. If anyone in your family gets it, disinfect, disinfect, disinfect.
It's already happened!
Good to know, thanks. :thumb:

Why would diabetes or obesity worsen a respiratory disease? The reasons are complicated and Goooogle is your friend.
No clue about diabetes... but anyone that's quite overweight (as am I) can tell you that it generally makes ya noticeably short of breath with very little exertion. That certainly can't help. :/
 

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It's weird. The more they talk about the symptoms, the more I'm convinced it was my weird long mystery cold. Big cough, phlem, low fever, felt fine other than that for about twelve days. Started about a week after doing a public event.

Parents both had the same weird cold after flying home from Tallahassee two weeks before. They had it way worse than I did.
 

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A couple problems are popping up in Italy that they didn't see in China.
Patients are also dying in their forties. Underlying conditions that westerners have (and the Chinese don't) like diabetes and obesity are contributing factors in these deaths. Why would diabetes or obesity worsen a respiratory disease? The reasons are complicated and Goooogle is your friend.
Because both conditions will make your immune system be weaker to one degree or another
 
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