Coronavirus, Covid-19, what to do when self-isolating

*Coronavirus Covid-19 – what to do when self-isolating*


There’s now a recommended 7-day period of self-isolation if you’ve got a fever >37.8C, or a new/persistent cough.

What helpful stuff can you do during this?

1. Taking analgesia regularly – relieves fever, pain
– paracetamol 4 times daily

– you can also take ibuprofen 3 times daily with this

– take REGULARLY, not just as and when – they will be more effective

2. Drink water regularly – LOTS
– maintaining hydration is fundamental to helping your immune system

– when feverish I’d recommend people drink more water than usual, 3-3.5L if possible

– making sure you’re passing lots of clear urine – a sign of good hydration

3. Wash your hands regularly – with soap and water
– wash backs of your hands, between fingers (gutters for viruses) & your thumbs – we all forget thumbs!

– wash for at least 20 seconds. Don’t sneeze into your hands!

4. Disinfect hard surfaces – coronaviruses can survive days on PHONES, metal, plastics & ceramic

5. Stay at least 2 metres away from relatives/family members – within 2m the virus can be spread by cough droplets

– Absolutely DO NOT visit elderly relatives in care homes/hospitals

6. Video-call friends to maintain human contact & avoid loneliness!

#coronavirus #covid19 #pandemic

Dr Martin Saweirs
Private GP | Internist | “Making People the Priority in Healthcare”


Coronavirus, Covid-19, what to do when self-isolating


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