Dealing with COVID-19 without fear – 1: don’t follow the herdAt home we've faced a challenging time since the last two weeks, with two of our closest relatives diagnosed with Covid and undergoing treatment in a hospital. Based on what we've gone through, I thought it would be good to share some useful information that may be beneficial to you. Accordingly, I will be sharing, through a series of threads, various aspects of the virus, with supporting articles wherever relevant. Keep in mind that the relatives are senior citizens (76 and 81 respectively) and the information I give later about medication and the form of treatment will be dependent on the age, health and other factors of the patient. Besides, I'm not a medical professional or go-to person for medical advice. I am only giving general information based on what we experienced. Hence, an informed decision should be taken in consultation with the Doctors who are treating the patient.
First and foremost, let me say that it is normal to be fearful of the virus, but it is not ok to the point of panic and following the herd, namely doing what everyone is doing. You need to stay calm, not let your thoughts go into overdrive about whether you need to do this, that, and the other, following zillions of advice given by every Tom, Dick and Harry, not to mention Uncle Google. When in doubt, consult an expert medical professional, and not do self-medication.
There is, first of all, this whole obsession about strengthening your immunity. We've had forum discussions on this, and some of you have mentioned branded products in the market, drinking concoctions, taking Vitamin tablets, etc.
The second obsession is to buy oximeters to monitor oxygen levels. We had a discussion on this: Did anyone of you purchase an oximeter?. Related to this, please read this entire article from start to finish- https://www.news-medical.net/amp/news/20200603/Silent-hypoxia-and-its-role-in-COVID-19-detection.aspx
The most imp. info in this article is "The problem with this is that the pulse oximeter by itself should not be used as the first step in having a patient contact their healthcare provider because the symptoms of COVID-19 normally predate the low oxygen level. It is important to recognize symptoms such as the fevers, cough, malaise, things that seem out of the ordinary, and not just to rely on a number such as a pulse ox to be your first warning that something is wrong. COVID-19 should ideally be recognized before the point of hypoxia. Prior signals should be causing you to call your physician".
I cannot emphasize enough – wear a proper mask when stepping out. Latest bulletin: https://m.timesofindia.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/cdc-revises-guidance-says-covid-19-can-spread-through-virus-lingering-in-air/amp_articleshow/78506734.cms
God forbid that you will ever face a situation related to the pandemic, but, seriously, you need to deal with the virus without fear by staying not just upbeat and positive, but also informed and alert, taking relevant decisions when required and not following the herd.
I'll end this with a lovely message I received from a friend on WhatsApp –
"Make sure you test positive for Faith,
Keep your distance from Doubt, and
Isolate yourself from Fear.
Trust in God through it all."
Stay calm, stay safe.