The threat of COVID-19 looms large as a record number of cases are being reported every day. The acute shortage of hospital beds, vaccines, and other health facilities is another major concern.
In case you get COVID-19, or a precautionary self-help step for yourself or your loved ones, keep these seven essential medical items in stock:
- Portable oxygen canister
COVID-19 impacts our lungs which in turns impacts our oxygen levels. This portable oxygen canister is handy and serves as a lifesaver in times of need. You can order this online from Amazon or Apollo.
As mentioned earlier, monitoring oxygen levels during COVID is quintessential. So get an oximeter and be consistent in checking SPO2 levels.
- Thermometer/ Infrared thermometer
In case you feel unwell or are already infected, checking your body temperature is a must. Also, checking visitor’s temperature can be an added precaution.
The one tablet taken religiously by COVID-19 patients with fever is paracetamol. There are several paracetamols available over the counter, without the requirement of a prescription. Also, it is a must-have medicine in your medicine kit at home.
- Zinc, Vitamic C and Vitamin B12
COVID-19 attacks your immune system, and it is absolutely necessary to keep take supplements for Zinc, Vitamin C and B12. At least for a week to 14 days when infected.
- Steamer/ Vapouriser
Steam is a great way of decongesting your nose. Also, if you lose your sense of taste and smell, one hack adopted by the masses is to take steam 2-3 times a day. You can either add menthol to it or Sinarest tablet (green colour soft pills). These can easily be purchased from your neighbourhood pharmacy, or you can even order them online.
- Oral rehydration salts
Coronavirus dehydrates your body, making you feel weak. Drink at least 1-litre of water mixed with Electral powder or drink 2-3 ORS each day.