Page last updated: 11 March, 2021, 1:13pm
How to treat coronavirus symptoms at home
- 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
- Lie on your side or sit upright instead. Avoid lying on your back.
- Try having a teaspoon of honey to help ease a cough. But do not give honey to babies under 12 months.
If this does not help, ask a non-isolating friend or family member to seek advice from a pharmacist on your behalf.
- Keep your room cool. Try turning the heating down or opening a window. DO NOT use a fan as it may spread the virus.
- Try breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth, with your lips together.
- Sit upright in a chair relaxing your shoulders.
- Lean forward slightly – support yourself by putting your hands on your knees or on something stable like a chair
Try to stay calm if you’re feeling breathless. Anxiety can make it worse
Do not go to a pharmacy
If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms, you must all stay at home.
If you’re concerned about your symptoms and need medical advice, use the
NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
Getting help while you’re staying at home
Support is available to help you while you have to stay at home (self-isolate).
Essex Wellbeing Service
Call 0300 303 9988 8am to 7pm (Mon to Friday), 10am to 2pm (Weekends)
Southend Coronavirus Action
Call 01702 212 497 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday) 10am to 2pm (Weekends)
Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action
Call 01375 511 002 9am to 3pm (Monday to Friday only)