Home isolation rules
WHO guidelines suggest according to a “healthsite” report, that a person qualifies for home isolation only if clinically assigned as very mild / pre-symptomatic / asymptomatic case by the treating medical officer.
Moreover, a person needs the necessary facilities at home to self-isolate and isolate other family members, and the following are some other important guidelines for home isolation of patients with mild or asymptomatic COVID virus:
- Before going to home isolation, the patient must complete a self-isolation pledge stating that he will follow quarantine guidelines, and it must be approved by the attending physician or physician.
- The caregiver should be present 24/7 with the patient, and in contact with the treating hospital or medical officer throughout the isolation period at home.
- Monitor the patient’s health condition and request immediate medical intervention if the patient has difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, mental confusion, numbness in the extremities, etc.
- The isolated person must also agree to monitor their health conditions and continue to update the district probation officer intermittently.
How to take care of yourself while in isolation at home
Although cases of COVID-19 are increasing by leaps and bounds all over the world, the good news is that most patients have mild to moderate symptoms that can be taken care of with proper home care. Besides self-care, you also need to create a plan to protect others in the home from transmission. Here’s how you can take care of yourself and protect others while isolated at home:
Watch yourself carefully
You need to regularly monitor yourself for fever, pulse rate, and oxygen saturation if you have a COVID-19 infection. Consult your doctor if you experience intense symptoms. However, don’t panic. Fever can be irregular and your body temperature may vary from time to time. This is the hallmark of COVID-19 infection. Also, be sure to stick to your prescribed medication schedule.
Find a separate room for yourself
This is the first and first step in home isolation, and before you isolate yourself there, make sure there is nothing that other people need, making sure you have everything you need in that room.
Be attentive to what you eat
It is imperative to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, they will increase your intake of vitamin C, which is known to boost your immunity, as a strong immune system helps in early recovery from any infection including COVID-19.
Also, make sure you eat a well-balanced meal that contains an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats, and if you suffer from loss of appetite, stick to small, frequent meals.
Get a serving of zinc
Additionally, it would be a good idea to increase your zinc intake. Recently, it has made a name for itself when it comes to relieving symptoms of COVID-19. Guava, cauliflower, kiwi and beet greens are good sources of this mineral. You can also consider adding ginger and turmeric to your meals. They are especially helpful in relieving pain, cough and cold, both of which have been linked to COVID-19 infection.
Store the essentials
It is important that I have an adequate supply of essential items during the quarantine days, including food, necessary medicines and clothes, to ensure you do not leave the room.