WHO instructs on how to monitor F0 at home

The World Health Organization (WHO) on August 7 instructed the steps to monitor Covid-19 patients at home, according to which if the blood oxygen level SpO2 is below 94%, medical attention must be called immediately.

According to WHO, typical symptoms of Covid-19 include: fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, muscle pain, headache. If you have the above symptoms, call your healthcare provider for advice and testing.

Severe symptoms of Covid-19 include: difficulty breathing, inability to get out of bed or take care of yourself, racing chest, dizziness, lightheadedness, lethargy. If you or anyone you know has these severe symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away for help.

The steps to monitor Covid-19 patients at home are as follows:

Step 1: Take care of yourself

The sick person should rest in a separate, well-ventilated room (if possible), or maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from others. Drink plenty of water to keep your body from becoming dehydrated. Make sure you have a nutritious meal. Always wear a medical mask when in contact with others. Take paracetamol for fever, muscle aches, headache, consult your healthcare provider about dosage and interval between doses. At the same time, you can apply a cool compress and wipe your body with warm water to reduce fever.

In addition, you need to monitor oxygen levels according to the instructions of medical staff. Do not arbitrarily use drugs without medical staff’s instructions, except paracetamol used for fever, muscle aches, headache.

If you feel short of breath, cannot get out of bed or care for yourself, have chest pain or lightheadedness, or feel dizzy or lethargic, call your healthcare provider right away for help.

Step 2: Protect those you live with

Always keep your distance from others, stay in a separate room (if possible), well ventilated. If you don’t have a private room, keep a minimum distance of 2 meters. The sick person and everyone in the house should always wear a mask when in contact, use separate eating, drinking and living utensils. Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

Garbage should be placed separately in a covered trash can and disposed of separately. Caregivers should wear a medical mask and wash their hands frequently with soap and water. Open the windows to keep the room well ventilated.

Step 3: If you have been advised by your doctor to use a blood oxygen meter (SpO2)

Make sure you know how to use the meter properly. If you do not know how to use it, ask your healthcare provider for instructions. Test SpO2 3 times a day or as directed by a healthcare professional.

Step 4: General Guide to SpO2. Medical staff can provide individual instructions, depending on the status of each F0.

Regardless of your SpO2, if you have trouble breathing, can’t get out of bed or care for yourself, have chest pain, or feel dizzy, call your healthcare provider right away. Supported.

SpO2 over 94%, continue to monitor your oxygen levels.

SpO2 between 90% and 94%, consult a healthcare professional or seek medical attention. Use the medicine only as prescribed by your doctor. You should change your position in bed: lying on your stomach, lying on your side and sitting with your back straight, about 2 hours each time.

SpO2 reading below 90%, call medical personnel for immediate medical attention.

Doctors and nurses wear protective gear and check the necessary equipment to start work at field hospital No. 6 in Thu Duc City on July 14. Photo: Huu Khoa.

Thuy Quynh