The coronavirus attacks your chest and lungs. That lack of respiration and oxygen is what the hospital industry fears will put cases to treat above its capacity to do so.
The good news is many cases of shortness of breath, as well as fever or cough, may be managed from home if your health care provider agrees. Here are 10 tips to follow from the CDC :
1. Stay home from work, school,and away from other public places. If you must go out, like to a doctor or to get medicine, avoid public transportation or ride sharing — go it alone.
2. Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
3. Get rest, stay hydrated.
4. If you have a doctor’s appointment, call ahead and tell the office if you have possible COVID-19 symptoms — fever, cough and shortness of breath.
5. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatcher you may have those symptoms.
6. Cover coughs and sneezes.
7. Wash your hands often wither hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
8. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Use a separate
bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a face mask.
9. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
10. Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning
sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.