Unsettled questions about the virus have been answered
What kind of people is the virus targeting first? Are there any reliable rapid tests to be to performed before leaving home? How to check your important health factors without going to the doctor? With a help of Medicine Professors, Doctors and Experts, we got these, and more unsettling questions covered.
- Oxygen saturation of your blood
Experts suggest that it is worth testing your oxygen saturation if you are feeling symptoms like coughing, fever or headache. To measure it, you simply have to buy a pulse oximeter in any pharmacy. Normal Sp02 ranges from 96% to 100%. If after measuring three times, the saturation has dropped below 90%, it is mandatory to contact your doctor immediately. There is a high probability of developing pneumonia, which usually begins after a few days of feeling unwell.
- Testing yourself at home
If you feel any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is smart to get tested and make sure you don’t spread the virus. Public places might not test you immediately, however, there are rapid tests that are reliable and easy to get. You can order them online and test yourself at home. These tests show whether you are infected or not at that moment. If the result is negative but your condition does not get any better, it is worth repeating the test.
- Who gets infected first?
The virus targets people with chronic deceases first. It is extremely important to take control of your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. These indicators might determine whether you will get infected or not. Keep being active and eating healthy. If you have prescription for any antihypertensive medicines, statins and anti-diabetic medicines, take them as prescribed by your doctor. Put more effort to your everyday habits and strengthen your immune system.
- The dose of the virus matters
If you got infected and you live with other people, try to protect them as much as possible. It is important to remember that the lower the dose of the virus you get, the easier it is to handle. Sleep in separate rooms, eat from separate plates, disinfect common areas (bath, toilet) every 2 hours, communicate only with a mask in the same room. The mask reduces the amount of virus entering the body.
It is crucial not only to protect yourself when leaving your home, it is also very important to take care of your health on every level. The best thing you can do at this moment is to follow your mind, not your emotions.