WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - You’ve got COVID-19, and you have symptoms. Your symptoms aren’t too bad so you don’t need to go to the hospital.
But what’s the best way to take care of yourself at home? Some of the answers might sound familiar.
“A lot of the things your grandma taught you, those are the things you need to do,” said Dr. Benjamin Rudd, M.D., the Family Medicine Program Director at Samaritan Medical Center.
Rudd says your food can be as simple as chicken soup, a meal rich with vitamins and minerals to help your body fight viruses.
“Stay away from the fried food the fatty food, the sugar all of that is going to kind of slow you down a little bit in your recovery from the infection,” said Dr. Melissa Beshay, M.D., the Internal Medicine Resident at Samaritan Medical Center.
Beshay says another thing to consider is sleep: specifically the position you sleep in.
Doctors suggest what’s called proning.
“You would lay on your stomach in order to decrease the amount of fluids that end up in the dependent part of your lungs,” said Beshay.
It’s what patients do in the hospital. But Dr. Rudd says the most important thing when you’re home is being comfortable.
“If you’re uncomfortable sleeping on your belly, and you’re not going to sleep well, then you’re not going to heal well, because you need sleep,” said Rudd.
And when you’re awake, both doctors say move, move, move.
“It may not feel great, but try to get out of bed as much as you can, and move as much as you can,” said Beshay.
Not moving could lead to blood clots, something Dr. Rudd says is common in COVID-19 patients.
“We know that COVID-19 actually is a hyper coagulable state. So, people are more prone to blood clots than not, so again, getting up and moving your body around or even moving your muscles even just in bed is an important thing to do to try to decrease your chances of getting a blood clot,” said Rudd.
And how do you know when it’s time to go to the hospital?
“If you start to feel really sleepy, like you can’t get out of bed, you know? If you see a family member who you cannot wake up because they are very tired, that might be a sign that their oxygen levels are very low,” said Beshay.
And if you can’t speak more than two sentences at a time without gasping for air, doctors say it’s time to get help.