Frequently asked questions of patients & Discharge Instructions and Home Care of COVID-19 Patients
Question- What is the possibility of COVID-19 recovery?
Answer- Most people who get COVID-19 recover from it. Most people have mild or moderate symptoms and can recover by symptomatic and supportive care. Around 8 out of every 10 people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. Around one in six people will become severely ill and require hospital care. Data suggests that around 2-3 in 100 people who get COVID-19 will die. If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing call your healthcare provider. If you have a fever and live in an area prone to malaria or dengue take medical care immediately.
Question- Is oxygen deficiency will occur after prolonged use of Masks?
Answer-: The longtime continuous use of masks, when worn properly, does not cause CO2 intoxication or oxygen deficiency. The prolonged use of masks could be uncomfortable. While wearing masks, make sure it fits properly and that it is properly tight to allow you to breathe normally. Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as possible.
Question- How to take care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 at home?
Answer-Home care for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
Ensure the sick person rests, drinks plenty of fluids, and eats healthy nutritious food. Wear a mask when in the same room as a sick person. Never touch the mask or face during use and discard it after using it. Frequently wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, especially: After any type of contact with the sick person or their surroundings, Before, during, and after preparing food, Before taking food, After using the toilet, Use dedicated eating utensils and linen for the sick person. Wash them every-time after used by the sick person with soap and water. Identify frequently touched surfaces by the sick person and clean and disinfect them daily. Call your healthcare provider immediately if the sick person deteriorates or experiences difficulty in breathing.
For sick Person
If you are sick having fever and cough, wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub. Stay at home, do not go to work, school of public places. Stay in an isolated room from other family members, but if not possible wear a mask and keep a distance of at least 1 meter (3 Feet) Ideally 6 Feet from other people. Keep the room well ventilated and if possible use a separate bathroom.
When coughing or sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or use disposable tissue and discard in the covered dustbin after use. If you feel difficulty in breathing, call your health care provider immediately.
Stress Management during the COVID-19 outbreak
It is normal to feel sad, anxious, stressed, or angry during a crisis.
Taking to people whom you believe, he/she can help. Be in touch with your friends and family. If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle - including proper diet, sleep, exercise, and social distancing with loved ones at home and in touch with other family members and friends by email and phone. Don't use smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to reduce your stress.
If you feel stressed, talk to a healthy member or counselor. Make a plan, where to go to, and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required. Get the facts; collect information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take proper precautions. Find a reliable source on which you can trust such as the WHO website or Ministry of Health and family welfare website, or a local or state public health agency.
Limit stress and anger by reducing the time you and your family spend in watching or listening to news that you feel as upsetting. Recall your abilities and skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life's adversities and utilize those skills to manage your emotions during the challenging time of this pandemic.
All members of the household
Wash hands with soap and water regularly, especially:
*After coughing and sneezing, Before, during, and after your prepare food, Before taking food, After using the toilet, Before and after caring for the sick family member, Avoid unnecessarily exposure to the sick person and avoid sharing items, such as eating utensils and towels.
When coughing or sneezing, cover the mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or use a disposal tissue and discard immediately after use.
Monitor everyone's health for symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing appear, call your health care provider immediately.