In the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with India reporting over 3 lakh cases a day for the second day consecutively, many friends and colleagues have been reaching out to us in search of credible information, tips for care, and for hope. It is important to highlight that many people with COVID are expected to have relatively ‘mild’ symptoms that can be resolved at home.
The suggestions provided in this information handout are not in lieu of health interventions necessary for COVID-19.
Needless to say, dealing with these symptoms is more challenging for those who do not have the necessary resources and systematic support. A large number of people, particularly from marginalised communities, do not have access to basic amenities- food, housing, water nor adequate access to health care facilities. They may not be able to access basic diagnostic equipment to monitor oxygen saturation, or body temperature.
There is an urgent need to develop strategies for community and home-based care for mitigation and prevention of escalation of infection. Such strategies only complement health system preparedness and services, which along with access to basic amenities, are critical and urgent. These strategies can, to an extent, facilitate informed care and decisions to manage their health needs.
A huge thank you to friends who have encouraged and supported this work. We are in the process of developing this in Hindi and share with you all soon.
We request you to share this with others who might be interested.
Sarojini and Aakriti
On behalf of Sama team