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
- 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.