3 Important Things to Have When Fighting COVID-19 at Home

Whether you have a mild case or are asymptomatic, take precautions with these three items.

3 Important Things to Have When Fighting COVID-19 at Home

It's important to know how to take care of yourself or a loved one when COVID-19 hits. Whether you're experiencing mild symptoms at home or are mostly asymptomatic after a diagnosis, you still want to take precautions. Here are three important items to keep at home.

PULSE OXIMETER

This is the little device that clips onto your finger and measures your heartbeat and the oxygen level in your blood. The information is important to know because some COVID-19 patients may have low oxygen levels but may not feel short of breath. Here are three number ranges you need to be aware of.


  • 95% or higher: You've got a good amount of oxygen in your blood. 95-100% is about the normal range.
  • 91-94%: Your blood oxygen level is lower than it's supposed to be. Don't panic, but do call your doctor and let them know what's going on. You can monitor it together.
  • 90% or lower: You're in the red. Go to the emergency room immediately — even if you feel fine. There may not be a lot of room between feeling fine and being in a bad spot.

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINE

Relieve a cough with an over-the-counter suppressant. COVID-related coughs are going to be dry and without phlegm, so look for suppressants with dextromethorphan.

Help relieve body pains or break your fever with ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Both are perfectly fine to take if you've been diagnosed with COVID-19. Take whichever one works for you, and if you need some extra help, you can take them together as well.

VITAMIN D

One small study found that vitamin D drastically reduced the odds of COVID-19 patients being admitted to the ICU. The obvious source of this vitamin is the sun, but it's difficult to get enough sunlight in the winter months — and we still need to be cautious with skin cancer. So get your vitamin D in other places, like your food. Fish such as salmon, tuna and tilapia are great sources. And mushrooms also have good vitamin D. You can also get vitamin D through daily fish oil supplements, which may be the most efficient way.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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