| Dr. Charlie Ware
We at Healing Blends Global want this to be our least read article. We wish every human being health, safety, and fortitude in these difficult times.
But the sad reality warrants accurate information on the subject of what to do if you test positive for the Coronavirus.
Well, first you should follow the regime set out by your doctor.
This is non-negotiable. Then you need to accept the fact that you have contracted COVID-19. It is scary to be in the middle of this pandemic but of the five stages of grief, acceptance is the last. It’s best to get straight to this step and focus on taking concrete actions to expedite recovery.
Know the Difference Between the Disease and the Virus
The disease is the Coronavirus or COVID-19. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the virus that causes COVID-19. Viruses and the diseases they cause usually have different names. HIV, for example, is the virus that causes AIDS. The SARS-CoV-2 virus got its name because it is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003.
What To Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19
1. Face the facts.
Testing positive for COVID-19 is not a death sentence. In fact, most people who contract the disease will recover. You will too. If you have the symptoms - fever, cough, and difficulty breathing - seek medical attention early and call your doctor.
According to WHO, the worldwide mortality rate is around 5%, and the US is a little more than 2%. Remember that catching the disease does not mean you will have it for life.
Here's more information:
2. Follow the regime suggested by the doctor.
Not everyone is hospitalized. Most people can stay at home and recover during self-isolation. Here's a handy guide on self-isolation best practices:
3. Share your disease history with your doctor.
Some conditions render people more susceptible to complications. Make sure you share your disease history and the medicines you take with your doctor.
4. Don’t focus on negative news on social media.
Your body gets better when you believe it will get better. Help the warriors in your body, by being a warrior against negativity.
Check out this fun video, reminding us all the healing power of gratitude:
5. Use lots of garlic, ginger, and turmeric in cooking.
Give your body the arsenal it needs to boost immunity. Turmeric stimulates and increases the immune system, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and lowers high blood pressure. Ginger has anti-bacterial components that help with infections.
Here are some healthy recipes to try using these powerful ingredients:
6. Keep taking the right supplements, with your doctor’s permission.
Taking vitamin C and Vitamin D3 may help in the prevention of COVID-19. Despite limited data on these findings, these products are inexpensive, safe, and easily available.
7. Become the voice of reason.
Now that you have been through the unthinkable, spread awareness.
Uplifting survivor stories:
If you do test positive for COVID-19, remember that you are not alone. Remember that most people recover and that there are measures you can take to get back to healthy. Listen to your doctor, practice self-isolation, and stay calm. You will get through this!
Bonus Video: Wondering if you can catch COVID-19 twice? Watch this video by Dr. Ware:
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