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Tengiz Tsertsvadze gives citizens coronavirus recommendations

Tengiz Tsertsvadze gives citizens coronavirus recommendations

Tengiz Tsertsvadze, the head of Tbilisi's infectious diseases, Aids, and immunology research center, provides citizens with recommendations to be followed if contracting the novel coronavirus.

If one cannot undergo testing and shows symptoms, it is better for them to think that they have the coronavirus, as they will be safer in this case.

I would not advise the public to buy oxygen delivery devices, as, by doing so, I would push them to self-treatment. I am categorically against self-treatment: taking blood thinners, antibiotics, or other medication. If one can afford, they may, of course, buy an oxygen delivery device, but they should not pin their hopes on it only. If they suffer from breathing problems, they should be hospitalized immediately.

Body temperature lower than 35 C is mainly not dangerous in coronavirus patients. This is a temporary phenomenon, and if they take their temperature again, the thermometer will show it is back to normal. However, if they have such a low temperature for a long time, it may be a sign of a complication, namely, sepsis. In this case, it is dangerous," he said.

Tsertsvadze also gave coronavirus patients the following tips:

  • Consume around three liters of water and other fluids; two liters should be water. Taking vitamins C, D, and zinc is also recommended.
  • Take fever-reducing drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Control the situation.
  • In the case of suffering joint pain, take painkillers.
  • Take blood thinners if suffering from deep vein thrombosis, have recently been operated or are inclined to thrombosis. In similar cases, doctors must prescribe blood thinners. 
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