BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Getting a positive COVID-19 test can be a scary moment, and with emergency rooms packed and COVID units at some area hospitals at capacity, many people are treating symptoms at home.
Local doctors are getting frantic calls daily from patients diagnosed with COVID-19 wondering what they should do when they start feeling sick.
Doctors said if you experience loss of taste or smell, fevers, chills and aches, one of the best things you can do initially is treat the symptoms.
“Medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, those are medications that can help with some of that inflammation that’s occurring with the virus,” said Medical Director of Disease Control for the Jefferson County Department of Health, Dr. Wesley Willeford.
He also recommends taking medicines like Mucinex to relieve chest congestion.
But what about those claims that taking supplements like vitamins C, D, B-12 and Zinc will help fight or event prevent you from getting the virus?
“Our data doesn’t really show that they necessarily do that. It’s certainly not something that’s going to hurt anything, but I don’t know of how much help you’re going to get out of it,” Dr. Willeford said.
Dr. Willeford explained that you’ll more than likely get those vitamins from eating a nutritious diet anyway.
He also recommends pushing fluids like Gatorade and Pedialyte. And getting plenty of rest is also important.
“You’re body’s got its foot on the accelerator, you’re using a lot more energy than you would under normal circumstances because your body is activating a lot of parts of your immune system and it’s sort of working overtime and so you will get tired much more quickly,” Dr. Willeford explained.
Dr. Willeford also recommends isolating yourself from the rest of your family to prevent spreading the virus to your loved ones.
Your family members should also quarantine.
He also says you should avoid contact with anyone outside your home until 10 days after the onset of your symptoms.