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The Exact Products Nurses Recommend for Treating Coronavirus

by Shyla Batliwalla and Caroline Harris

The Exact Products Nurses Recommend for Treating Coronavirus
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As coronavirus continues to spread across the world, so does stockpiling of hand sanitizer, cleaning products, toilet paper and other household essentials. But what happens if you start experiencing the beginning symptoms of COVID-19, like a dry cough and fever? Nurses are weighing in on the best products to buy for treating coronavirus.


If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider immediately to ask for medical advice. According to the CDC, “people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.” Only about 20 percent of coronavirus patients require hospital care, says WHO, so if you’re young and healthy with mild symptoms, you may end up managing your COVID-19 treatment at home.


That means it’s a good idea to stock up on the products nurses recommend for treating coronavirus, like Vicks Vaporub, Tylenol and tissues. In addition, you should make sure to have a thermometer on hand because one of the main symptoms of COVID-19 is a fever. By taking your temperature every day, you can detect possible COVID-19 symptoms early on.


One item recommended for treating COVID-19 is Vicks Vaporub, which was also massively popular in treating the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. In fact, when the Spanish flu spread throughout the United States from 1918 to 1919, Vicks VapoRub sales skyrocketed. Sales increased from $900,000 to $2.9 million in just one year, and the Vicks plant operated day and night to keep up with the demand.


Vicks VapoRub has been around for more than 100 years and is one of the most widely used over-the-counter decongestants. The age-old mentholated topical cream relieves head, throat, and chest stuffiness. The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms. Since coughing is a coronavirus symptom, it makes sense that nurses would use Vicks to help treat COVID-19.


Below, discover the best products for treating coronavirus, according to nurses.


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Vicks VapoRub Lavender


A symptom of coronavirus is aches and pains. Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area. (Be sure to warn your bedmate as the stench can ensure a nookie-free night.)

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Vicks Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier


Since the coronavirus that caused COVD-19 attacks the respiratory system, this soothing cool mist humidifier is a great tool to have on hand. The product helps you breathe more easily by helping relieve your cough and congestion.

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Ricola Natural Drops 24-Count Lemon Mint Cough Drops


These soothing, lemon-flavored cough drops help provide sore throat relief with Swiss alpine herbs and a touch of menthol. Reviewers say "the lemon mint is a nice flavor" and "when I use Ricola, it really does soothe my dry throat."

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Digital Medical Thermometer for Fever


Make sure to monitor your temperature, since a fever is one of the main symptoms of coronavirus. This digital thermometer is FDA approved and easy to use, with accurate temperature readings and a waterproof tip.

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Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues, 8 Rectangular Boxes, 120 Tissues per Box (960 Tissues Total)


Grab some soft, absorbent tissues for your cart. There's already been a run on toilet paper, and tissues are going fast, so checkout now while there's still some tissue paper in stock.

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Tylenol Extra Strength 500mg Pain Reliever Caplets


For a fever of over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, take Tylenol every 3 to 4 hours, according to nurses.

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Gatorade Glacier Freeze Thirst Quencher Sports Drink Mix 51 OZ


Hydration is key, so restore crucial electrolytes to your body with Gatorade (or your other favorite hydrating beverage, like juice or Sprite). This Gatorade Frost mix makes 6 gallons of gatorade with reviewers raving it has a "great taste" and "refreshing flavor."

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Vicks NyQuil Cough, Cold & Flu Nighttime Relief, 48 LiquiCaps


NyQuil helps relieve sore throats, fever and congestion. This product is highly recommended by pharmacists for treating cold and flu symptoms.

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Vicks VapoSteam


This vaporizing liquid helps relieve coughing. To use, fill your vaporizer with cold water. Then, add one tablespoon of VapoSteam solution for each quart of water. The medicated steam will help you breathe more easily.