COVID-19 second wave support
COVID-19 second wave support
India is reeling under the impact of Covid. This is a collection of resources and guidelines to help you cope up with the current situation.
- [ ] DO NOT GO OUT. STAY HOME.
- [ ] If you have to go out, ensure
- you wear N95 mask(well fitting) or You double mask(surgical mask inside, well fitting cloth mask outside)
- you constantly sanitise your hand with an alcohol based sanitiser
- [ ] Ensure all eligible members are vaccinated at the earliest
- Register at https://www.cowin.gov.in/home
- [ ] Consume Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc supplements (these micro-nutrients help with general health, but not treatment or prevention of COVID)
- Further read: https://www.fox26houston.com/news/studies-suggest-4-vitamins-to-prevent-severe-cases-of-covid-19
- Available as tablet(Ceeplus): https://pharmeasy.in/online-medicine-order/ceeplus-bottle-of-30-tablets-503972
- Link for Vitamin C and Zinc Supplements: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B08CZH2LJK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Link for Vitamin D Supplements: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B081X1KHQ4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Ensure that your medical insurance plan covers COVID
Resources to keep at home in these times
- [ ] extra masks - N95 is best, but double layer of surgical 3-ply (inner) + snug-fitting cloth mask (outer) is also good. Distribute to household help, delivery boys, etc
- [ ] Gloves and face shields (for caregivers)
- [ ] sanitiser(alcohol based) and soap
- [ ] thermometer
- [ ] paracetamol (Dolo 650, Calpol, Crocin)
- [ ] pulse oximeter
- Here is a link to buy an oximeter https://www.amazon.in/Dr-Trust-Finger-Pulse-Oximeter/dp/B08G837F83/ref=sr_1_7?crid=2H4UK3I4PEIC6
- [ ] steamer
- [ ] inhaler + budesonide
- Please buy budocort inhaler and keep it handy.
- If anyone develops any breath issues, immediately consult a doc and administer it. https://pharmeasy.in/online-medicine-order/budecort-200mcg-inhaler-200md-38425
- Further read: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(21)00160-0/fulltext
First-aid kit and regular medicines
- dressing cotton, bandages, band-aids
- Dettol or Savlon
- broad-spectrum antibiotic ointment
- Betadine gargle
- ORS sachets
In case of a suspected COVID infection (self, family member)
- [ ] What to look for: Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, sore throat, dry cough, headache, body aches and loss of smell or taste. If you have these symptoms
- [ ] Don't panic!
- 80% of the cases are asymptomatic(meaning, the subject would have no illness nor symptoms)
- vast majority of the remaining 20% would have mild cold and fever
- very few cases need medical intervention
- [ ] Isolate the patient and practice good hygiene
- Quarantine in a room
- Monitor SPO2 levels 4 times a day
- If the bathroom needs to be shared, sanitise before and after each use. Leave a gap before next use for aerosols to disperse.
- Wash hands with soap or with alcohol based sanitiser several times a day(helps stop spread of virus)
- Drink plenty of fluids (not just water, but fluids with salt and sugar)
- Keep windows in the room open for ventilation.
- [ ] Family members
- Keep windows in the house open for ventilation.
- Everyone in the house should wear either N95 or a double mask (inner: surgical, outer: snug-fitting cloth mask)
- Caregivers should wear gloves, face shields when serving food, etc.
- [ ] Get everyone at home tested (RT-PCR test)
- [ ] Tele-consult a doctor
- [ ] Regularly check-in on those who are living alone, away from home.
In case of a confirmed COVID infection (self, family member)
The following graphic is from https://www.indiacovidsos.org/ and is compiled by a team of doctors based on data from scientific studies on which line of treatment is recommended at what stage.
- Monitor and record your temperature and SPO2 levels 4-6 times a day
- Use doctor consultations and the above chart to determine when hospital help is required
- Links where information is being updated, by city: