Living with COVID-19

By Dok. Eddie Dorotan

Covid-19 will be with us for some time. We have no option but to live with the virus while vaccine is not yet available. But what should you do if you are not sick and if you feel sick? Below are some suggestions.

Living with COVID-19. Artwork by Dok. Eddie

If you feel good and not sick:

  • Do PEACESM everyday. PEACESM means Pray, Exercise, Appreciate, Create, Eat right, Serve, Meditate.
  • As much as possible, stay at home.
  • If it is necessary to go out, wear mask, and wash/sanitize your hands.
  • Keep distance physically but stay connected.

If you are in close contact with a Covid-19 positive case:

  • Do PEACESM everyday.
  • Wear mask and wash hand.
  • Keep distance physically but stay connected.
  • Implement self-quarantine or home isolation for 14 days.
  • Take Vitamin C 500mg 1 tablet 3x a day, Zinc Sulphate 50 mg 1 tablet 2x a day.
  • You may also take Lagundi 600 mg 1 tablet thrice a day.

If you have mild symptoms:

You may experience fever or chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If this happens, call your doctor and have a swab or polymerase chain reaction test as needed. While waiting for the PCR test result, do the following:

  • Do PEACESM everyday (Pray, Exercise, Appreciate, Create, Eatright, Serve, Meditate)
  • Take Vitamin C 500mg 1 tablet 3x a day, Zinc Sulphate 50 mg 1 tablet 2 times a day and  Lagundi 600 mg 1 tablet thrice a day.
  • Implement self-quarantine or home isolation for 14 days.
  • Wear mask and wash hand.
  • Keep distance physically but stay connected.

If the swab result comes out positive:

  • Consult your doctor through telemedicine
  • Take Vitamin C 500mg 1 tablet 3 times a day, Zinc Sulphate 50 mg 1 tablet 2 times a day, and Lagundi 600 mg 1 tablet 3 times a day
  • Implement self-quarantine or home isolation for 14 days.
  • Wear mask and wash hand.
  • Do PEACESM everyday.
  • Report your close contacts to the contact tracers

If the swab result comes out negative:

  • Take Vitamin C 500mg 1 tablet 3 times a day, Zinc Sulphate 50 mg 1 tablet 2 times a day, and Lagundi 600 mg 1 tablet 3 times a day
  • Implement self-quarantine or home isolation for 14 days.
  • Wear mask and wash hand.
  • Implement self-quarantine or home isolation for 14 days.
  • Wear mask and wash hand.
  • Do PEACESM everyday.
  • Consult your doctor.

If you have shortness of breath or difficulty of breathing and other symptoms:

  • Call your doctor
  • Go to the nearest hospital but don’t forget to wear mask.

At all times, do not panic. Fear and anxiety will not help us defeat COVID-19.