This virus has claimed more than 156,000 lives and around 2.3 million people got infected around the world.
Among the infected individual is UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is now recovering after being treated for Covid-19 in hospital.
What Are Common Symptoms Of Coronavirus?
This virus attacks the respiratory system and infects the lungs. The two main important symptoms are fever or a dry cough, which leads to breathing difficulties in patients suffering from asthma or COPD.
The cough will not be a normal one but it is a new, continuous cough. It indicates that coughing a lot for more than an hour or if you cough suffers from three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually suffer from cough, it may be worse than usual.
Your temperature will be above 37.8C and this can make you feel warm, child and shivery.
Headache, sore throat and diarrhoea have also been reported as newly added symptoms and a loss of taste and smell may also be a symptom.
On average it takes five days to start showing the symptoms, but some people will be asymptomatic for many days and get symptoms much later. The incubation period lasts up to 14 days which is said by The World Health Organization (WHO).
On April 18th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the US updated new list of symptoms to look for which include:
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Sore throat
Previously the symptoms were fever, cough and shortness of breath
What Should You Do If You See Mild Symptoms?
- Patients who have mild symptoms should self-isolate themselves at home for at least seven days and maintain social distancing with family members as well, especially from older adults and young children.
- It is not necessary for the people to ring the health authorities to report their symptoms unless they are worried. They should also not go to their hospital or clinic.
- In case If you have come into contact with the person who may be infected with coronavirus, you need self-isolate for at least seven days to avoid the spread of infection.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued advice for the public.
How Deadly Coronavirus Can Be?
The people dying from the disease appears to be low which is between 1% and 2% – but these figures are not reliable.
Thousands of people are being treated who may go on to die – so the death rate could increase. But the number can also go down if lots of mild cases are unreported.
Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) examination of 56,000 patients suggests:
- 6% were critically ill – which caused lung failure, organ failure, septic shock, and risk of death
- 14% of the patients develop severe symptoms – which include breathing difficulty and shortness of breath
- 80% develop mild symptoms to no symptoms – Those mild symptoms were fever and cough and some also got pneumonia
What Can I Do To Protect Myself?
- The best thing you can do is to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands, preferably with soap and water.
- Coronavirus spreads through the infected droplets of an infected person when coughs or sneezes small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in by the healthy individual which can cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on, then touch your mouth, eyes, or nose.
- So, the important things which could be done are coughing and sneezing into tissues or napkins, not touching your face frequently when hands are not clean, and avoiding close contact with infected people.
- When an infected person has symptoms they will be most infectious, but some can spread the virus even they are not sick, before developing symptoms.
- According to medical experts, Face masks do not provide effective protection. However, the WHO is re-evaluating on use of face mask and can public benefit from using them.