As of mid-April 2021, COVID-19 cases in India are going up rapidly, which is a worrisome situation for all. The only way to control this situation is, if every citizen of the country follows all precautions.
Precautionary Measures to Take
Every preventive measure taken during the first wave of COVID-19 last year is still important today.
Wear A Mask.
Masks protect you from infection and stop the spread of infection from you to others.
Wear a mask even if you are vaccinated
Stand at least 6 feet apart when outside, as it decreases the chance of the virus spreading
The farther you stand, better the prevention
Wash your hands multiple times in a day and avoid touching your face as much as possible
Clean most touched surfaces once or twice a day.
As much as possible, try staying indoors. Work from home if your office allows it
Staying indoors will help stop the spread of the virus
“Get Yourself & Your Family Vaccinated”
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. As of now, the Government of India is providing vaccines for all people above the age of 45 years. If you or your family members are eligible, kindly get vaccinated.
Even if you get infected, the symptoms are not critical.
Prevents Virus from Spreading
Vaccination reduces the spread from one person to others.
Provides Herd Immunity
When more people get vaccinated, it gives indirect protection to all.
The safety standards of the two vaccines being given in India are proven by medical authorities. Getting vaccinated will help save lives and prevent COVID-19 transmission.
Most Common Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of respiratory illnesses like the flu or the common cold.
Loss of Smell & Taste
Since these symptoms are similar to other viral infections it’s impossible to differentiate between them and COVID-19 during initial stages.
In case you have any of these symptoms...
Consult a Doctor
Get analysed by a medical professional, either in-person or remotely via teleconsultation.
Get an RT-PCR Test
It’s also important in case of hospital admission as every hospital will ask for COVID-19 test results.
If you are sick, please isolate!
The first thing you need to do is to isolate yourself from everyone.
Stay in a separate room away from your family.
Wear a mask while using shared spaces.
Use separate washrooms, if possible.
Clean your utensils, door handles, & your room
Take items placed outside only after your family is far
Take the medicines prescribed by a doctor.
Close your door but open windows for ventilation.
Monitor with a pulse oximeter & thermometer
What is a Pulse Oximeter? How do you use it?
A pulse oximeter determines the amount of oxygen or saturation in your blood, from the color of your fingernail bed. Thus, it’s dependent on the blood reaching your fingers.
Check oxygen saturation on multiple fingers and both hands
Keep the finger inside the oximeter for a few minutes and take the reading once it stabilizes.
Monitor your oxygen saturation levels every day
Normal levels are above 98%. Smokers and lung disease patients may have a reading around 95%.
You should go to a Hospital if...
you start showing any of these symptoms:
Your oxygen level drops to 93% or below.
This shows the disease is progressing to a moderate level, requiring further analysis from a doctor.
You have breathlessness or chest pain.
These symptoms indicate a critical condition. Kindly go to the hospital immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get vaccinated at Clinikk?
Yes! There is a vaccination camp at Namma Clinikk, Bommanahalli branch on Tuesday, April 27th. For information on upcoming vaccination camps, call 7813 811 811
Is Remdesivir a vaccine?
No! Remdesivir is an antiviral medicine. It has not shown any benefit to decrease mortality against COVID-19. But a few studies have indicated that it may decrease the duration of total disease.
As of now, regardless of the disease severity, WHO has issued a conditional recommendation against the use of Remdesivir in hospitalized patients. Because there is currently no evidence that Remdesivir improves the chances of survival and other outcomes in these patient.
Recently in India, AIIMS, New Delhi also removed Remdesivir from drugs recommended for treating COVID-19 in their new treatment protocol.
What is Clinikk home monitoring support?
Clinikk offers free home care and medical support for all its subscribers. Call 7813 811 811 to know more.
Can I speak to a Clinikk doctor on the phone?
Yes! Clinikk offers a remote teleconsultation plan where you get unlimited phone consultations, discounts on medicines and health insurance.
Can I get an RT-PCR test at Clinikk?
Yes! In fact, you can book a home RT-PCR test in Bengaluru. Call 7813 811 811.