How to treat coronavirus symptoms at home

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19), but you can often ease the symptoms at home until you recover.


Treating a high temperature


If you have a high temperature, it can help to:

  • get lots of rest

  • drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear

  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable


Is it safe to take ibuprofen if I have symptoms of coronavirus?


Treating a cough


If you have a cough, it's best to avoid lying on your back. Lie on your side or sit upright instead.


To help ease a cough, try having a teaspoon of honey. But do not give honey to babies under 12 months.


If this does not help, you could contact a pharmacist for advice about cough treatments.


Information:


Do not go to a pharmacy in person. If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms, you should all stay at home.

Try calling or contacting the pharmacy online instead.


Things to try if you're feeling breathless


If you're feeling breathless, it can help to keep your room cool.


Try turning the heating down or opening a window. Do not use a fan as it may spread the virus.


You could also try:

  • breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth, with your lips together like you're gently blowing out a candle

  • sitting upright in a chair

  • relaxing your shoulders, so you're not hunched

  • leaning forward slightly – support yourself by putting your hands on your knees or on something stable like a chair


Try not to panic if you're feeling breathless. This can make it worse.


What to do if your symptoms get worse


It's important to get medical help if your symptoms get worse.


Urgent advice:Use the 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • your symptoms get worse and you're not sure what to do


Use the 111 online coronavirus service


Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

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