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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