By Jen Fletcher, FNP
What a wild year (or two?!) we’ve had. I’ve been meaning to write this down for a while, but haven’t had much free time. Here is my practical advice if you are diagnosed with Covid-19.
Quarantine rules: From the time symptoms start we recommend you quarantine for 10 days, if still fevered or significantly ill, the quarantine is lengthened. If you are one the folks that do not have symptoms but tested positive, then you quarantine 10 days from the day of the positive test. Please help stop the spread and use these guidelines!
Stay hydrated, drink lots of water, and include electrolytes daily i.e. Gatorade, Pedialyte, coconut water, or other electrolyte replacements all work.
Get rest and sleep our bodies heal best at rest.
Take Vitamins (adults, if child please consult with your PCP at Active Family Healthcare)
- Vit C 500 mg daily
- D3 5,000-10,000 IU daily until full recovery and then back to your usual dosing
- Zinc 50-100 mg daily
- Multi-vitamin daily
Baby ASA (Aspirin) Covid causes issues with claudication and we recommend 81 mg ASA daily to help prevent (this does not apply to children)
No NSAIDS with Covid. This includes Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc.
For Pain use Tylenol.
Cold Meds: We recommend Mucinex DM, Flonase and Netti Pot, as needed.
Pulse oxygen saturation: It is very helpful to check this number, normal is above 95%. A pulse oximeter can be purchased over the counter for under $30.
Check Temperature: We get concerned when temps are running above 102` F and is not responding to Tylenol, tepid baths and/or cool washcloths on forehead, armpits, & groin.
Telemed Consults: If you are obese (BMI over 30) or have chronic medical illnesses, we recommend you consult us right away to see if you should be given Monoclonal Antibodies; injectable antibodies that help fight Covid-19. It reduces risks of complications and hospitalization. These are most effective given as early in the infection process and a telemed appointment is easy to get in. Please be in touch quickly.
If you are not in a high-risk category but have concerns or questions we are happy to do Telemed consult and discuss.
Meds: We are using different medications to help with Covid-19 symptoms and we prescribe based on each individual patient presentation, but to be completely honest and open we are not prescribing Ivermectin.
Long Covid Care: If you are experiencing lingering symptoms of Covid-19, please get in touch. We have added IV Vitamin Therapy Infusions to our in-house treatments and have seen great improvement to patients with just a couple infusions.
Thank you for reading ☺
Disclaimer: This is general advice and may not pertain to your particular health situation. For medical guidance specific to you and your health history, please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.