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Got Mild COVID Symptoms? Going To The Hospital Should Not Be Your First Option
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  • At this point, if you've been reading the news and/or are active on social media, you'd already have read so much about COVID-19: its symptoms, its methods of transmission, the best way to protect yourself and your family. 

    As the numbers keep rising, we can't discount the possibility that someone from our circle might also get infected. It's happened to Hollywood celebrities Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, and to Filipino veteran actor Christopher de Leon. Keep in mind that the virus does not discriminate — anyone could catch it. Thus the need for social distancing and proper disinfection is necessary.

    That said, it's also not impossible that you could get the virus yourself, despite your caution. If you get a slightly elevated temperature (use a thermometer!), body soreness, and a dry cough, naturally you'll want to get tested for COVID-19. 

    However, because hospitals are almost full and test kits are limited, there's a high likelihood that you'll be turned away if you go for a test. If this happens, don't go into panic mode!

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    If your symptoms are mild and you have no history of recent travel or exposure to a confirmed case, going to the hospital should not even be your first course of action. Here's what is:

    First and foremost, self-isolate.

    Go on a self quarantine and physically separate yourself from the rest of your household when you start feeling the symptoms. Whether it's really COVID-19 or a case of the flu, you don't want your family members to get sick too. Use a separate room and bathroom, if possible, or disinfect properly each time. Self-isolation should be done for no less than 14 days.


    Dr. Tony Yuan, medical director of Doctor on Demand, says, "Avoid sharing personal household items. Set aside separate dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, and bedding solely for your use."


    This cannot be over-emphasized. Staying hydrated can help ease some of your symptoms and help you heal much faster. Aside from water, Dr. Yuan says drinks with added electrolytes like Gatorade or Pedialyte may also help.

    "Your ability to urinate and have bowel movements should not decrease when you are sick at home, as that could be a sign of not taking in enough fluids and food and lead to dehydration — making you sicker and in need of care in a health facility," Dr. Daniel Berliner, a physician, told Huffpost.

    Needless to say, you also need to eat healthily to keep your immune system up. 

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    Be mindful of your hygiene.

    The coronavirus can easily get transmitted by direct contact or by touching contaminated surfaces. It can also travel to another host through your sneeze, or the trajectory of your saliva when you cough.
    That said, never take for granted the importance of frequent handwashing with soap and water, of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze (alternately you can also use your sleeve or elbow), and wiping down surfaces and frequently-used things around your home like door knobs, faucets, and flush handles with a disinfectant.

    Monitor your symptoms.

    Keep your temperature and other symptoms in check. See if you develop new ones, like difficulty in breathing.

    The good news? "In most people, the mild symptoms will remain mild and, whether coronavirus, a cold, or the flu, the symptoms will decrease over this 14-day isolation period," says Berliner. You can also give your doctor a call to check, in lieu of a hospital visit, unless absolutely necessary.

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