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When you get COVID-19

I used to think I could be careful enough to avoid COVID-19 since we haven't been in the places where it was most active (bars, restaurants, etc.). This week I came down with a terrible sinus headache that I mistook for a broken tooth filing. When my dentist didn't find any problems, I considered this to be a bad sinus issue and nothing more. I was tested positive at work for the first time the next day.

After getting COVID, I realized how unprepared we were. While I don't have a lot of money for such emergencies, I found things you can have on hand to make the experience a little less troublesome.

The State of Virginia has this simple guide as a start:
  • Prescribed medicines and supplies, such as glucose meters and blood-pressure monitoring equipment 
  • Soap and water 
  • Alcohol-based hand cleaner, such as Purell® or store-brand 
  • Medicines for fever and pain, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen 
  • Diarrhea remedy, such as Pepto-Bismol® or Kaopectate® (not generally recommended for children) 
  • Throat lozenges 
  • Cough syrup containing Dextromethorphan 
  • Thermometer(s) 
  • Vitamins 
  • Fluids with electrolytes, like Gatorade® and Pedialyte® (preferred for small children)

MY LIST to add

• Fast and convenient dinners (you can count calories when you're better)
• Purified water bottles
• Aquafor skin protectant (for raw noses)
• Kleenex, especially the soft kind if you can get it
• Trash bags or containers lined with grocery bags
• Are you still reading this?
• VICKS vapor rub (be sure to wash stained clothes separately after use)
• Easy to eat fruit like bananas and Mandarins
• Reading or listening materials
• Extra pillows, especially back support pillows for nose/sinus related drainage issues
• Sick clothes - things you can sneeze, cough and gag on. You know you do it.

Now that you have a list, you can be better prepared when you get COVID-19.


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