On his blog, Mercola.com, Dr. Joseph Mercola has given readers a quick guide to what they should expect, and do, if they contract COVID-19. He writes (abridged):
- Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home
- A significant number of patients with COVID-19 who come to the hospital don’t need to be there
- Going to a hospital unnecessarily increases your risk of medical errors, health care-associated infections and potentially infectious diseases like COVID-19
- Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, pain or pressure in your chest and new confusion are signs that you should go to a hospital
- Niacin, melatonin, NAC, a nebulizer, hydrogen peroxide and a pulse oximeter are examples of supplies to keep on hand for at-home COVID-19 support.
Hospitals excel at treating life-threatening emergencies. Having a stroke or getting seriously injured in an accident are two examples of when going to the hospital can save your life. There are many cases, however, when it’s in your best interest to avoid hospitals, which are often sources of infectious disease and medical errors.
If you have COVID-19, then, you may be wondering when and if you need to go to the hospital. First, it’s important to keep things in perspective. If you have a fever and a cough, don’t panic. This is a normal part of many viruses, including COVID-19.
Dr. Joseph Mercola.
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