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Dealing with Symptoms of Coronavirus Infection

The COVID-19 pandemic

The novel and often deadly Coronavirus has dramatically changed the way we live our lives and made us more concerned about our health and wellbeing. The virus has infected millions globally, causing thousands of deaths in many countries, and has also impacted livelihoods.

And there is a reason why it incites such panic and fear. As no vaccine or cure is available at the moment, common people have no other option but to follow certain precautions. Also, being aware of the compulsory symptoms of Coronavirus can help you seek whatever treatment is available currently.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Although it is a new disease for everyone, identifying the symptoms can help people manage their wellbeing with timely medical attention and prevent it from getting worse. It affects different people in different ways with mostly developing mild to moderate symptoms and in few cases severe symptoms. Some of the common symptoms that have been linked to COVID-19 are:

  • Cough that gets severe with time

  • fever

  • Fatigue

  • Shortness of breathe (in severe cases)

Other symptoms, although less common, include chills, headache, muscle ache and pain, sore throat, loss of taste, and loss of smell, Diarhoea

In case of cough, fever, and Tiredness , which have been noted as common symptoms of Coronavirus, you should get yourself tested at the earliest.

If you or somebody you know experiences any of the mild symptoms, take care. Restrict outside movement and self isolate at home. Take rest and monitor your symptoms for a week or so. The virus can take anywhere from two days to two weeks to show symptoms. If the symptoms persist, contact your healthcare provider.

However, you should seek medical attention immediately if you notice or experience the following signs:

  • Breathing trouble

  • Blue lips or face

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

Treatment of COVID-19

Currently, no vaccine is available for COVID-19. However, since most symptoms mimic those of a seasonal cold or flu, the line of treatment currently involves managing symptoms with the help of antiviral or over-the-counter medicines for flu etc. Remember to not self-medicate though, as you may not realize how severe the symptoms are.

The coronavirus infection is not always deadly. Many people can recover from this illness with proper medical care and attentionIt is the elderly, children and people with underlying health conditions like blood pressure, heart/kidney/lung problems who are particularly vulnerable and prone to serious complications as a result of the infection.

How does the virus spread?

  • Covid19 virus spreads through-Coming in contact with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing can spread this virus via droplets exhaled from nose and/or mouth

  • These droplets can land on surfaces like table, doorknobs, or railings, and anybody coming in contact with such a surface can contract the virus.

Preventive measures

Prevention is the only definite cure as far as coronavirus infection is concerned. So, instead of panicking, remain calm and limit contact with the outside world. Some of the steps that people should take to prevent transmission are as follows:

  • Use face masks or if not possible then atleast cover your mouth while coughing sneezing and speaking wherever it is required.

  • Sanitize your hands after coming in contact with often-touched surfaces like store counters, shelves, tables, door handles, railings in public places etc and avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose before washing hands

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly in a day with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers

  • Practice social distancing ( Atleast maintain 1 meter distance from others) and use virtual means to communicate with relatives, friends etc. and avoid physical meetings.

To reiterate, to prevent coronavirus, abide by the rules imposed by the government and take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe. Stay aware, be informed, and seek medical help if needed, to come out of this crisis stronger.

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