Open J Public Health | Volume 4, Issue 4 | Research Article | Open Access

Health-Seeking Behavior and Recovery Time of COVID-19 Patients Recovered by Taking Treatments at Home: Bangladesh Perspective

Al Noman A1,2, Joarder T3, Islam MS1,2, Hossain MS4, Sadaf S5, Al Noman MA6#, Sakib N1,2#, Ekra JE1,7#, Islam MS1,7#, Meem RI1,2#, Sana S1,8 and Rahman MM9*

1Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, Jashore University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh 2BioScience Academy Bangladesh, Bangladesh 3Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh 4Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh 5Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh 6LABAID Specialized Hospital, Bangladesh 7Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Bangladesh 8Pharmacy Discipline, Life Science School, Khulna University, Bangladesh 9Department of Biostatistics, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Bangladesh #These authors contributed equally to this work

*Correspondance to: Mohammad Meshbahur Rahman 

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Introduction: Primary care treatment and home care received considerable importance for the management of COVID-19. This study aimed to assess the health-seeking behaviors and identify the factors related to the early recovery time of COVID-19 patients who recovered by taking treatment at home. Methods: An online-based, cross-sectional survey was conducted; patients’ sociodemographic, clinical, pharmacological, and non-pharmacological treatment-taking behaviors were assessed. Basic frequency distribution and binary logistic regression were applied in data analysis. Results: Out of 241 COVID-19 patients, majority are adopted various non-pharmacological approaches [e.g., drinking hot drinks (85.9%), inhaling steam/gargling warm water (75.1%), consuming vegetables and fruits (67.6%) daily] and pharmacological interventions. Paracetamol (97.1%) consumption followed by antihistamines (79.6%) and antibiotics (61.4%) were the frequent pharmacological medication taken by COVID-19 patients. Females, older and urban people were more inclined to adopt the non-pharmacological interventions than their counterpart. Inferential statistics suggested that sociodemographic characteristics and pre-existing diseases were associated with recovery time. Patients living in urban areas had higher chances of recovering early from COVID-19 than rural (OR: 3.26, 95% CI: 1.19-8.95). Respondents without pre-existing diabetes (OR: 2.76, 95% CI: 1.00-7.57) significantly recovered early from COVID-19 infection. Conclusion: Our study assessed health-seeking behavior and recovery time of patient’s who cured from COVID-19 by taking treatments at home. The study concludes that along with pharmacological medication, home health care seeking can recover patients early from the COVID-19 infection.


COVID-19; Home health-seeking; Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological interventions; Recovery measures; Bangladesh


Al Noman A, Joarder T, Islam MS, Hossain MS, Sadaf S, Al Noman MA, et al. Health-Seeking Behavior and Recovery Time of COVID-19 Patients Recovered by Taking Treatments at Home: Bangladesh Perspective. Open J Public Health. 2022; 4(4): 1041..

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