COVID-19 Tips: What To Do At Home If You Have Symptoms

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Based on the World Health organisation (WHO), the following are the reported symptoms.

Most common symptoms:


dry cough


Less common symptoms:

aches and pains

sore throat




loss of taste or smell

a rash on the skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

chest pain or pressure

loss of speech or movement

What to do at home if you have symptoms

Here are some practical tips that could help if you have symptoms and are waiting for medical attention. As COVID-19 cases mainly attack the lungs, the focus is on keeping the airways open to provide sufficient oxygen to the body.

1. Pulse Oximeter

A Pulse Oximeter is a useful item to have at home and can be bought from a pharmacy reasonably cheaply. To use it, you just clip it to your finger to measure the oxygen levels in the blood. The normal range is 95% to 100%, and any reading below 95% is subnormal. 

The lower the reading, the worse your health condition. It means that you are not getting enough oxygen into your body. If you provide the reading to your health provider, it may increase your priority for medical attention.

2. Reduce the viral load

The higher the amount of virus in your body, the sicker you will become and the more infectious.

(a) Wearing a mask, even if not surgical grade, is essential, as it reduces the number of virus particles that you can exhale or receive from an infected person. Of course, it’s preferable to wear good quality masks such as Biopolis Medical Supply.

(b) Reduce the viruses you may have inhaled by washing out each nostril with saline using a saline spray such Neilmed (used for sinus washout)

(c) Gargle frequently with salt water to clear viruses from your mouth.

(d) Drink frequently to keep hydrated.

3. Keep your airways open 

(a) Use of a balloon. Blowing into a balloon, against resistance, with three big breathes, expands your lungs keeping the little alveoli in the lungs open.

(b) Using a straw, blowing into water is easier for the elderly than the above method. It also will help to keep the airways open.

(c) Always lie on your front, not on your back.

Critical tip - Patients on ventilators are always positioned on their front. Lying on your back will squash your lungs, reducing the amount of oxygen to the body and worsening the development of thick glue-like, even cement-like secretions in the lungs.

The ideal position is leaning on your arms frontwise with your lower back higher than your shoulders so that secretions can drain. Cough and try to bring up lung secretions.

Liquefy secretions by drinking warm water with ginger,  turmeric and honey. 

Here is the video demonstrating COVID-19 tips.

Importance of a strong and competent immune system 

Research into COVID-19 cases has shown that those who succumbed to COVID-19 have a below-normal number of immune cells. Therefore, they could not fight the virus effectively and were likely to be severe cases requiring hospitalisation.

Professor Richard Hotchkiss, Washington University of Medicine, commented that “if we can make our immune stronger, we’ll be able to fight off this coronavirus, as well as other viral and bacterial pathogens.”

How to safeguard and strengthen your immune system

  • Eat a healthy diverse diet with plenty of vegetables
  • Prioritise good quality sleep of not less than 8 hours
  • Engage in stress-reducing activities such as meditation, tai chi and nature walks
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get some Vitamin D from the sun
  • Consume Santivia Immune daily.

Santivia Immune is the ideal supplement to keep your immune system boosted and more importantly balanced, during these trying times. It helps to strengthen your immune system by increasing in your body crucial NK cells numbers and activity.  NK cells target viruses. Santivia Immune also replenishes critical communication molecules which direct the immune system to act appropriately and effectively. 

Please share this information if it will help someone! 

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