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How to treat mild symptoms of COVID-19 at home?

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How to treat mild symptoms of COVID-19 at home?

A mother performs a COVID-19 test on her child, sitting on a couch, at home.

Parents of students will be able to help their children pass their rapid tests.PHOTO: Getty Images/Tatyana Tomsickova

Dr. Alexandra Greenhill, a family physician in Vancouver and founder of Careteam Technologies, shares many tips on how to easily treat mild symptoms of COVID-19 for yourself or your child, at home.

The Omicron variant is changing the way we fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In British Columbia, testing centers are overwhelmed and cannot test everyone with symptoms.

It causes a bit of confusion because Omicron seems to give a lot of fever, especially in children. […] The parents are scared and we get a lot of calls for visits to the clinic, says Dr. Greenhill.

Health authorities are asking people with symptoms to stay home in isolation. But how do you treat these mild symptoms of COVID-19 at home?

As long as there are no respiratory problems, we can treat this at home, notes the family doctor. If you feel out of breath to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, that’s a respiratory problem., she adds.

According to Dr. Greenhill, the flu, the common cold and COVID-19, especially with the Omicron variant, are three viral diseases to which the immune system reacts in the same way.

For symptoms of a cough, runny nose, fever or body aches, she recommends taking acetaminophen and ibuprofen alternately, as for the flu or a cold.

Honey can also relieve coughs, and vegetable broths are recommended for hydration in particular.

Finally, Dr. Greenhill reminds us that “if your child is not well, do not send him to school. If the fever lasts more than 48 to 72 hours, you can call 811 or telehealth, she said.

Don’t go to the ER, there’s nothing else you can do in the ERasks Dr. Alexandra Greenhill. The emergency room should be consulted in the event of serious symptoms, such as respiratory problems.

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