Generally, mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 include body aches, headaches, low grade fevers (under 101F), nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal drip, loss of smell, loss of taste, and redness around the eyes. You may have one or a few of these symptoms.
It is important to note that symptoms vary from person to person. If you contract this virus, what you experience may not be what another person in your family may experience.
Managing your symptoms is critical. If you have a fever or body aches, use over-the-counter pain relievers that are also known to reduce fevers. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen) are routinely used for this purpose. Use the drugs as directed.
Certain outlets have reported that Advil can exacerbate COVID-19. According to the FDA, no evidence exists to support this contention. However, the FDA is investigating this further, as noted in the advisory linked here.
Hydration is also a key component. In addition to water, any drinks that replenish necessary electrolytes, such as Gatorade, will help as your body’s immune system continues to battle the virus. Do not discount food, either. Although you may not be hungry, your body needs the energy to continue fighting against the disease. Consider something easy to manage, such as crackers, that can provide a carbohydrate boost.
If your symptoms progress and you begin to experience any of the following symptoms, immediately seek treatment from medical professionals: chest pain, difficulty breathing, a productive cough, fever over 101F.