The Covid-19 symptoms have ranged from almost none at all to those requiring immediate hospitalization. While serious symptoms should prompt at a hospital visit, those with non-life-threatening symptoms are being suggested to stay home and doing self-isolation at home. The recommended length of quarantine is 14 days. The goal is to prevent spreading the virus to others especially your loved ones at home. For those who are still no idea what to do, these following steps may help you doing self-isolation at home.
You’ll need to restrict your activities around your home. Stay and use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible. This includes not using shared utensils, dishes, cups/glasses, bedding, towels, toothbrush, and other personal items. If you need to leave your bedroom for the bathroom or going to your terrace for basking in the sun or grabbing delivery food, please always wear a mask.
DISINFECT THE COMMONLY TOUCHED SURFACES
You also should follow high hygiene habits. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your area daily like a doorknob, phone, remote controls, tabletops, countertops, keyboards, tablets, counters, and others. Don’t forget to wash your hands well with soap often, or hand sanitizer especially after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, and before and after eating.
CONTACT HEALTH CARE
After you got the positive result from PCR test, health care including clinics and hospitals will inform the nearest government’s public health center by your personal ID card. Public health center will soon reach out to you and check your conditions. Monitoring your house, and checking if you’re doing self-isolation right. They can offer and give some prescriptions for vitamins, some immune boosters, and medicines needed. Contact numbers will be given just in case you need proper consultation if the symptoms went higher.
MONITOR THE SYMPTOMS
It is suggested that patients need to do daily easy check-up twice a day. Check your temperature for possible fever. Also, take note if you’re beginning to cough or have shortness of breath. If you can buy pulse oximeter, go for it and monitor your oxygen saturation and keep it above 95. If you do begin experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider or use telemedicine to seek guidance from home.
CALL AHEAD BEFORE SEEING YOUR DOCTOR
If you begin experiencing symptoms and it’s getting worse and worse, medical advice will be highly needed. Contact your health care provider that was given to you, or consider trying consultation via many medical or Healthcare applications that are available. You can also check our recommendation article of Best Healthcare Apps in Indonesia. If you insist you have a medical appointment, call them first prior to your appointment, this will help the office take steps to keep other people away from getting infected or exposed.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Fortunately, there are things you can do to boost the immune system during quarantine. The first thing is easy, get some rest and have a good sleep. Sleep in a dark room, keep a regular bedtime and wake-up routine. Taking a nap during days can also help. Secondly, eat healthy food and keep your body hydrated. Water delivers vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to every cell in the body, taking multi-vitamins is also needed. The third is basking in the sun, go out of your bedroom if possible, and soaking up the sun on the terrace or the roof while maintaining your mask on.
DON’T STRESS OUT
We know it’s not easy to keep your stress level low during self-isolation. You may have big concerns for your surroundings, your loved ones, impending works, money, and some other stuff. But still, you need to take it slow and practice lowering your stress levels. Watching your favorite movies or TV shows via *on-demand streaming services is the easiest way to do it in your vulnerable time. Another way is to try entertaining yourself by playing video games, reading books, stretching, or just by listening to calming and soothing music. Calling or video-calling your loved ones for catching up and giggling could also help.
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