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PERSONALIZED CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDE

To continue staying healthy and safe

Introduction

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus. Until a vaccine for coronavirus can be found, experts advise that the best way to prevent getting infected is by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently. The common symptoms of this virus include fever, sore throat, cough, tiredness, and shortness of breath that can continue for 2-4 weeks. Some people also experience body aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, and diarrhoea.

According to current evidence, Coronavirus can spread between people through respiratory droplets and by direct contact. Coronavirus transmission may also occur indirectly when a healthy person touches contaminated surfaces and then touches their nose, mouth, or eyes.

Based on studies by various reputed organizations, people of any age group are at risk of getting infected with the virus. Hence it is important to remain protected as much as possible and follow certain precautionary measures. This is your personalized guide to managing your health effectively and reducing your risk during this pandemic.

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Diet and Nutrition

Your diet can play an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing chances of illness. Some key recommendations for you to maintain a healthy diet are:

  • Choose low-sodium and low-fat foods whenever possible; include herbs and other low-sodium flavourings instead of salt.
  • Eat a variety of whole-grain foods (high fiber), fruits, vegetables and lean proteins (fish, meat, eggs)

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Physical Activity and Exercise

Physical exercise is critical in maintaining an active lifestyle and boosting immunity.Some recommendations to ensure an active exercise routine are:

  • Try to get a minimum of twenty minutes of moderate exercise like yoga, walking, jogging and swimming at least 3 to 4 times a week
  • Avoid prolonged sitting periods and include short walk breaks every 30 minutes

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Diagnostic and Imaging Tests

Some tests to ensure proactive recognition and response are:

  • Complete Blood Count Test: This test measures the amount of red blood cells, white blood cells, haemoglobin and platelets present in the body. Doctors recommend a complete blood count test analysis once every 6 months
  • HBAIc Test: The HbA1c test measures blood glucose levels from your blood sample. Depending on your blood sugar levels, an HbA1c test should be done once every 3 months.

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When to obtain care? | Daily Monitoring Activities

It is important to plan ahead and keep a watch on your health every day. Here’s how you can obtain the best care for yourself:

  • Be alert and observe signs of chest pain, breathlessness, decreased urine, vomiting, nausea and loss of appetite.
  • If you are experiencing one of these symptoms, then contact your doctor immediately

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Additional preventive measures

Some of the additional preventive measures that you can follow to reduce chances of contracting COVID-19 are:

  • If you show flu-like symptoms (raised temperature, cough, sore throat, body pain, fatigue, runny nose, difficulty in breathing, loss of smell), consult a doctor immediately
  • Practice social distancing and limit contact with people and animals.

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Steps if COVID-19 positive

In case you test positive for COVID-19, you can follow these steps:

  • If your COVID – 19 tests turn positive, consult a physician immediately to assess your condition
  • If admitted in hospital as per doctor’s consultation then strict supportive & symptomatic treatment care including IV (intravenous) fluids, oxygen support, assisted prone ventilation, IV(intravenous) medications, immunosuppressive medication, antipyretics would be included in your treatment.

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Medications for Coronavirus

Some of the medicines for symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Antipyretics (Paracetamol/Ibuprofen/Mefenamic Acid/Acetaminophen) – for fever & muscle pain
  • Decongestants for running nose & sore throat Inhalers and Nebulisers-if you have breathing difficulties

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Useful Clinical Sources

Additional resources to understand more about COVID-19:

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Conclusion

All people with underlying diseases of the kidney, lung, liver, and heart should be aware of the coronavirus infection and take preventive measures to avoid it. However, if by chance, you get infected by COVID-19 then first isolate yourself to avoid infecting other family members or friends. Talk to your doctor right away if you test positive for coronavirus. Your doctor will advise you on whether you should:

  • Stay home and quarantine yourself
  • Visit the hospital for your health assessment

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Worried about being at risk for COVID-19?

Assess your symptoms and determine if you’re at risk for coronavirus disease and get guidance on when to seek medical care and what to do in the meantime. You can also call our experts for advice.

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