Is there a cure?
There is currently no cure for COVID-19 and a potential vaccine is still a long way off. Therefore if you think you have or may have the virus, going to see your local GP or going into a hospital won’t be of any help to you and you will be putting more people at risk from infection.
The best treatment is prevention. Rather than treating yourself for the illness, you should treat your hands and the surfaces you touch regularly.
You should wash your hands in soap and hot water for at least twenty seconds regularly each day and spray surfaces with disinfectant.
If you do not have soap or are on the move, our Clarisan hand sanitiser can kill 99.99% of coronaviruses.
However, even by following preventive methods, you may still end up with the virus and so you will need to know what treatment you need, if any, to see you through it.
It may sound worrying that there is a virus going around with no cure but every person who contracts it will experience it differently with the conditions ranging from mild illness to severe illness and death.
What can you do?
For some people, self-isolation and rest will be enough to beat the virus while others may suffer from more serious problems that will need to be treated. Will I need a face mask?
It is important to know how to take care of yourself with mild illnesses but it is also important to know when the virus is causing more serious health problems that need to be treated by medical personnel.
Rest is the main method of recovery for those who are suffering symptoms such as fevers and coughs as antibiotics are ineffective against COVID-19 although painkillers and drinking plenty of water may help to mitigate the symptoms. Read them here.
If you develop any of these symptoms, you should self-isolate for fourteen days. If worried about the rapid development of your symptoms, the NHS have advised to use the 111 coronavirus service.
Only call 111 if you are unable to get the help you need online, and for any life-threatening emergencies you should always call 999.
Others may suffer more severely from COVID-19, with complications and additional medical problems being more likely to occur among the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
There is no specific medication which can help to combat the effects of the virus. Therefore, if you are having difficulty breathing, have persistent pain or pressure in the chest or bluish lips and face, you must seek urgent medical attention.
While the virus can’t be cured, these extra symptoms need to be checked out and treated by a medical professional as best as they possibly can as these symptoms, if left untreated, can lead to fatalities.
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