What To Do If You Experience COVID-19 Symptoms?

Coronavirus has been in global news since its emergence and explosion from the last week of December 2019. It causes a respiratory illness, which is a kind of SARS and is called COVID-19. The virus has the potential to create grave complications like pneumonia and troubled breathing. The virus distinctively infects people’s respiratory systems.

The CDC [center for disease control & prevention] and other health agencies have recommended the general public to use face masks made from cloth when they move outside their home. It is also recommended that they maintain a 6-foot distance but as it is hard when moving in public masks need to be worn.

Due to a pandemic condition, it is important to reserve N95 respirators and surgical masks for the healthcare staff and workers. CDC even recommends using KN95 masks, which are made in China. KN95 resembles the design and functioning of N95.

What are Coronavirus symptoms?

On average the incubation phase for COVID-19 is 4 days but in some people, it can range from 2 days to 2 weeks. Everyone contracting COVID-19 will feel unwell. The virus may not develop any symptoms in people positive with infection.

Mild symptoms that generally develop –

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

Some experience extra symptoms like –

  • Stiffed nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Body ache

In some people, the respiratory symptoms worsen in the 2nd week causing respiratory failure or severe pneumonia. They may need mechanical ventilation or oxygen supply.

What to do if you feel you have contracted coronavirus?

If you feel you have coronavirus symptoms then –

Monitor the symptoms – Every person infected with coronavirus needs hospitalization. Monitor your symptoms because they worsen slowly in the second week.

Call your doctor – Let your doctor know about the symptoms, even if they are mild.

Get tested – The doctor will work with health authorities to assess your symptoms and exposure risk to decide if testing is necessary.

Stay isolated – Isolate yourself in a limited space at home. Remain separated from other family members. Use a separate bathroom and bedroom, if possible.

Seek care – Seek medical care promptly, if symptoms worsen. Wear a mask to avoid transmitting the virus to others.

What are the risk factors associated with COVID-19?

Your risk increases if you have –

  • Traveled or reside in a region where coronavirus has spread severely among the community there.
  • Been in close contact diagnosed coronavirus positive.

Currently, the risk factors are prevailing on older people and those having health issues like chronic hearth conditions, asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Tips to protect against COVID-19

  • Frequently wash your hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • No touching on your face if hands are not washed
  • Stay away from ill people, who cough and sneeze
  • Never share personal items
  • While coughing and sneezing cover your mouth
  • If you feel ill, stay home
  • Clean high touch surfaces like countertops, keyboards, doorknobs, etc.
  • Keep yourself updated about COVID-19

Being aware of the symptoms of COVID-19, you can take proper action. A doctor can help you to determine if the test is needed but stay home until you get fully recovered. In case, the condition worsens seek emergency treatment.

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