Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus
The cases of people with Coronavirus disease symptoms worldwide, as you’ve probably heard on the news, are unfortunately on the rise. The prevention measures are becoming progressively more and more restrictive.
The most extreme case is Italy. The government ordered limited movement of all citizens and a generalized quarantine, a ban on the entry and exit at the borders.
In times of globalization, it is clear that no region of the planet is out of reach. The epidemic spread due to the population exchange and the ease in traveling.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had to publish a document with advice for the population in regard to the facts of this new virus.
What Is Coronavirus Disease?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that have been around for a long period of time. The generic designation by which we refer to the current outbreak is misleading because this particular strain has a name.
Since January 7, 2020, we know that the new variety of coronavirus currently on the rise is 2019-nCoV, later renamed COVID-19. This is the strain that began to be contagious in humans at the end of 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China.
There have been three major outbreaks of human-transmitted coronavirus worldwide, including this one. The most recent one that you’ll recall is SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Coronaviruses have well-documented transmission between animals. What happened now is that a strain actually mutated and spread to humans. That is, it expanded beyond a specific case and became an epidemic.
How Is Coronavirus Disease Transmitted?
The route of transmission of COVID-19 is usually through contact with body fluids such as those from the mouth or nose of infected individuals. The virus is airborne. That means that it travels through the air when people expel infected fluids, when they sneeze or cough. Then, they penetrate a receptor when they inhale said fluids.
These fluids can remain on certain surfaces and the virus stays active for a while. During that period, if a non-infected person comes into contact with these fluids and touches any of their mucous membranes – nose, eyes or mouth – with that hand, then they’ll most likely contract this Coronavirus disease.
Coronavirus Disease Symptoms
What are the symptoms you can detect early? How to know if you have COVID-19?
Knowing that this is a virus transmitted by fluids from the nose and mouth, it’s logical to associate it with flu-related symptoms.
The disease manifests:
- Dry cough
- Exhaustion or tiredness
There are other milder symptoms such as rhinorrhea, odynophagia, runny nose, diarrhea and sore throat. However, these don’t manifest in all cases. In fact, there are people infected with COVID-19 who are completely asymptomatic.
Between 15 and 20% of the people infected become seriously sick. In general, most of them are either older or are patients with previous conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive pulmonary disease, and immunosuppressed systems.
What To Do If You Display COVID-19 Symptoms
The guidelines are changing by the day, and by the country, but if you display symptoms similar to any of the three we mentioned above you should consult the health services. Also, if you’ve been in contact with a patient who’s already been diagnosed or if you’ve been in a coronavirus hotspot. Don’t delay initial care as your doctor should take samples and analyze them. You must remain in isolation if appropriate and begin taking any support measures deemed necessary.
In addition, fever can be a dangerous sign if you have a weakened immune system or you’re chronically ill or you are of a certain age. So, you must contact the health system to receive timely care before it’s too late in any of these situations.
The most important thing is to remain well informed and not to panic.
Source: Best Herbal Health