With the thousands of COVID-19 cases reported every day, hospitals all over the National Capital Region (NCR) are quickly filling up, and can no longer accommodate new patients. Because of this, new cases are being sent home even when sick, and are just given prescription medicines and told to keep in touch with their doctors.
With this, relatives become caregivers to their COVID-19 stricken family members, and risk being infected as well. But family is family and we care for them willingly even with the novel coronavirus right on our tails. (Read: 5 Practical Tips for Families Infected With COVID-19)
Situations like this don’t mean immediate infection for the caregivers. With proper protocols and equipment, we can avoid getting infected with the disease. Here are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved items you need for taking care of a COVID-19 patient at home.
#1: Prescriptions and Instructions
Before patients are told to go home (in asymptomatic and mild cases), doctors at the hospital check up on them and write their prescriptions and instructions. (Read: 5 Things You Must Keep in Mind When Buying Medicines)
In all cases, these patient-specific instructions are given based on the individual’s situation when checked at the hospital. More often than not, drugstores will be asking for prescriptions before handing out medicines— especially for COVID— to the public.
#2: Fluids and Vitamins
It’s not only patients who need care during their home isolation or quarantine. Family members at home also need to keep their immune systems up to reduce the risk of being infected. The best way to do so is to stay hydrated and drink vitamins every day. This is in addition to the minimum health standard of using a face mask even at home.
#3: Portable Monitors
Because the SARS-COV2 virus mainly affects our respiratory system, it is a must to monitor a patient’s oxygen levels. A normal, healthy individual will have a reading of at least 95% blood oxygen level, but COVID-19 can cause it to plummet to alarming levels.
When this happens, the patient can begin to become unresponsive due to lack of oxygen in the blood. This is why an oximeter is an important addition to the household when caring for a COVID-19 patient. (Read: 3 Apps, Social Media Platforms for COVID-Related Services)
The oximeter is a digital device that measures one’s blood oxygen level in just a matter of seconds. It can be purchased from drugstores, malls, medical supply stores, and even online shopping platforms.