The entire world is trying to combat the dreaded COVID-19 or Coronavirus that has spread its uncanny wings across the globe taking the lives of in-numerous people. The Coronavirus that tends to target those with zero or poor immunity system predominantly spreads through touch. According to a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University, people across the globe have been affected and the number is ascending.
However, people can stay safe if they follow the restrictions laid down by the World Health Organization (WHO) that declared the COVID-19 as a pandemic. The below-mentioned symptoms would enable you to stay prepared. The virus may take 2 to 14 days to confirm COVID-19 after exposure. If you experience the symptoms in you, then don’t panic and see a doctor immediately.
Let’s take a glance at the signs of COVID-19 or Coronavirus
1. Respiratory Problem
The respiratory problem happens to be among the major indications that should act as an alarm for you. You may find it extremely difficult to breathe normally and may require putting extra pressure. Do not take things casually. The respiratory malfunction starts on its own, without any congestion due to cold or cough. If your chest becomes tight and you are required to put pressure to inhale or exhale, then you must see your doctor.
Remember the common saying, ‘a stitch in time saves nine.’ So, the time you waste in seeing the doctor may aggravate the situation. You would recover completely after the treatment. You may have to stay in quarantine for a stipulated period as prescribed by the doctor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised immediate medical attention in such cases.
Fever happens to be a very important symptom in Coronavirus. The experts say not to rely on temperature taken in the morning and have advised checking your temperature in the late afternoon and early evening as it is believed that the temperature does not stay constant throughout the day.
Also, the medical experts have advised not to panic unless and until your temperature reaches at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius) for children and adults. However, if the temperature persists with the other symptoms then take it as an alarm bell and consult your doctor immediately.
Another major symptom is a cough. Those having dry or smokers cough must not neglect as this could be the beginning of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). According to doctors if you have a constant cough or tickling sensation in the throat that persists despite your clearing, and the irritation in the throat increases, then there are reasons to be concerned.
4. Flu and Cold
The above-mentioned symptoms like fever, cough and respiratory problems are not the only signs that would establish the person is suffering from dreaded COVID-19.
As per a published report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), around 14% of infected people have experienced a headache. Headache can result from certain factors like constant coughing, stuffy sinus, continuous nose-blowing, lack of proper eating, sleep deprivation, anxiety, lack of hydration, etc.
Many patients infected by COVID-19 have reported having vicariously experienced severe muscle aches that are clinically termed as “Myalgia”.
7. Fatigue or Tiredness
The novel Corona Virus is typically making people extremely fatigued. If you feel immensely tired and face lack of energy needed to do any physical activity, then you might be infected with the virus. Many patients have faced trouble while getting out of bed alone due to intense fatigue. It’s a sign that the human body is fighting a tough battle against COVID-19.
Apart from that the person with a bad cold or allergy-like symptoms including constant runny nose, throat irritation and sneezing may be prone to COVID-19. Usually, these symptoms depict Flu and there is not much to worry about. However, you need to be careful if you have these symptoms along with shortness of breath, zero improvements after a week or so and consistently becoming worse. See your doctor without wasting time.
These are the common symptoms that have been found in most cases triggering the Corona scare. Apart from these, certain symptoms are rare but people having such signs are tested COVID-19 positive. Have a look at these unusual symptoms.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in a recent study stated there are chances for patients with ailments like anosmia or lack of smell, and dyspepsia or lack of taste to be COVID-19 positive. These are rare symptoms but cannot be ruled out as cases have surfaced raising serious concern.
On the lines of Anosmia, those having conjunctivitis are prone to contract COVID-19. According to a study conducted by China, about 1% to 3% of people across the world who had COVID-19 also had conjunctivitis.
10. Digestive Ailment
It may sound rare but a study found around 200 patients, with digestive or stomach GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms testing positive for COVID – Coronavirus. Those patients experienced delays in testing and diagnosis than patients with respiratory issues took longer to clear the virus from their systems.
These are the symptoms that enable you to understand the gravity of the situation. After all, it’s always advisable to follow precautions as it is better than a cure. Remember, all COVID-19 cases are not fatal and can be cured provided you take the right decision to consult your doctor if you face any of these signs. However, maintain social distancing as it is the only way out to keep COVID-19 (Coronavirus) away.
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