Coronavirus: What are the Symptoms and When Should I See a Doctor ?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that is usually presented in the form of mild symptoms and many recover from it without undergoing any designated treatment. However, while its symptoms range from mild to moderate, it can lead to serious repercussions, even fatality in people who are above 60 years of age or already suffering from an underlying medical condition as they are more susceptible to this virus’s effect.
Today, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious issue. In this article, let’s observe the progression of coronavirus and clarify if you have the symptoms, and when it warrants to go visit a doctor.
The COVID-19 virus affects different people differently. Therefore, there is no ‘exact’ determining factor for this disease. However, the most common symptoms of the COVID-19 are as follows:
- Dry Cough
Some other symptoms that might be indicative of COVID-19 are:
- Pains and aches
- Sore Throat
- Nausea, diarrhea or runny nose (in few cases)
Those who are suffering from mild symptoms must self-isolate and contact their doctor or the COVID-19 helpline for further information. It is essential that you practice self-isolation for at least 14 days and if you develop cough, fever and breathlessness that persists, contact your doctor immediately to provide you with the right medical care.
Here’s how you can stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Wash your hands frequently:Washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based sanitizer will kill the virus on your hands.
- Avoid Touching Your Face, Eyes, Nose and Mouth: Your hands touch many surfaces where you might pick up viruses. Apart from washing your hands, it is best to avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth since viruses can enter your body through these organs and impact you.
- Maintain Social Distancing: This is perhaps the most important of all. Maintain at least 3 feet distance from those coughing or sneezing because the droplets from their mouth and nose may be carrying the virus. You may inhale the droplets and contract infection.
- Respiratory Hygiene: Respiratory hygiene is when you cover your nose and mouth with your elbow while coughing or sneezing and protect the people around you from contracting the virus.
As recommended by virologists, people need to actively participate in “flattening the curve” which simply means that the number of people coming in contact with each other decreases and as a consequence, the number of genuine coronavirus victims can get treated at hospitals.
Staying informed is the best thing you can do to lessen the chances of contracting the COVID-19. Follow the advice given by healthcare professionals and stay up to date with the latest information by credible sites and protect yourself as well as your loved ones.