COVID
May 25th, 2021
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Critical Care Measures to Take For Covid-19

Existing health issues greatly increase chances of developing fatal COVID-19

Chronic kidney disease is a major risk factor for COVID-19 mortality

Diabetics have a high risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications

COVID-19 symptoms affect people differently, with some exhibiting milder forms of illness, and others requiring hospitalisation to recover. As per the CDC, people with certain pre-existing medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill. This is also the case if you develop COVID-19 symptoms in old age. As per a study published in September 2020, COVID-19 symptoms in kids with pre-existing medical conditions could also lead to severe illness. Thankfully, the absolute risk, in this case, remains low. However, the same can’t be said for adults with similar ailments. 

All data points to the fact that prevention is key to survival for those with pre-existing conditions. Thankfully, several experts today also suggest that there are ways to recover apart from protecting yourself and taking the vaccine. Read on for insight.

How to stay safe from COVID-19 infection

Asthma 

  • Avoid triggers  
  • Avoid cleaning agents and disinfectants 
  • Don’t stop the medication

Additional Read: Tips for COVID-19 care with existing medical conditions

Reach out to a doctor in case you experience

  • If there’s difficulty talking and breathing 
  • If there’s a sudden onset of confusion  
  • If the asthma medicine isn’t helping 
  • If the face and lips turn blue 

Diabetes

  • Carefully monitor symptoms  
  • Continue insulin medication  

Reach out to a doctor in case you experience

  • If the symptoms worsen  
  • If you’re looking for advice on managing diabetes or COVID-19 fever treatment 
  • If there’s difficulty in waking up and staying awake 

Additional Read: Everything to know about COVID-19 care

Heart conditions

  • Avoid coping with alcohol or drugs 
  • Do not stop taking medication  
  • Self-isolate 
  • Continue doing exercise to keep the heart healthy

Reach out to a doctor in case you experience

  • Unusual shortness of breath 
  • Burning or tightening sensation in the chest 
  • Arm weakness 
  • Speech difficulties 

Cancer

  • Isolate 
  • Call your healthcare provider 
  • Check if you can take the vaccine 

Additional Read: Your ultimate guide for Covid-19

Reach out to a doctor in case you experience

  • At the first occurrence of symptoms 
  • If symptoms worsen

Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Get a COVID test if you have the characteristic covid cold or fever 
  • Self-isolate 
  • Contact the dialysis unit before you make a trip 

Reach out to a doctor in case you experience

  • To confirm dialysis treatment timings 
  • If you need advice on medication or treatment protocol
  • If the symptoms worsen

Reacting in a timely manner is crucial to getting the care you need, so be proactive and focus on safety.

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