Covid-19 Symptoms

Do you know what Covid-19 symptoms are in case you get sick?

Coronavirus is a large batch of viruses that can cause both animals and people to get sick. The main issue that can affect people is respiratory infections in combination with other symptoms.

Three of the most known strains of the Coronavirus that have affected people in the last few years are Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory(SARS) and the most current Coronavirus (COVID – 19).

As of Thursday July 16, 2020 there have been 3,449,291 cases of Covid-19 in the United States making it the top county with confirmed cases of Covid-19. Worldwide there are 13,556,202 cases.

Article updated (7-16-2020)

How long are people sick?

Mild cases individuals are sick on average 14 days.

Severe cases individuals are sick on average 21 to 42 days.

This is an average from Center of Disease Control in the United States based on those who have been sick. It is important to remember that each individual case will be different based on their medical history and current health.

Symptoms

A person can still be contagious with not showing any symptoms. This happens after a person contracted the disease but it still in the incubation period. Symptoms may take 3 – 14 days to show up after a individual has contracted the Coronavirus(COVID19).

Mild symptoms of the Coronavirus are:

(updated July 16th, 2020)

  • Respiratory Issues 
  • Fever
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Severe symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • Pneumonia 
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 
  • Kidney failure 

Call 911 or your doctor immediately if you have these symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Constant pressure or pain in your chest
  • Confusion which has recently started
  • Unresponsive with inability to arouse to an alert state
  • Bluish tint to face or lips

15 things You can do to prevent from getting sick: 

  1. Wash your hands often(before you eat, prepare food, after you throw away garbage & go to the bathroom)
  2. Carry antibacterial wipes or sanitizer with you (use wipes on grocery carts before using &  in your car after leaving a store or restaurant)
  3. Avoid touching areas you easily can transmit diseases (eyes,nose, mouth)
  4. Eat a healthy well balanced diet 
  5. Get recommended sleep of 6 -8 hours a night
  6. Disinfect common areas(bathroom, kitchen, door knobs/handles, computer, toys, remotes, phones) 
  7. Do some type of daily exercise every day to reduce stress
  8. Take a daily multivitamin 
  9. Don’t share items with others(cups,silverware,deodorant,snacks out of the same box etc)
  10. Take a shower every day
  11. Brush your teeth twice daily 
  12. Wash your face daily 
  13. Get a yearly flu shot and needed vaccines 
  14. Stay home if you start to get sick to reduce the risk of spreading the disease 
  15. Drink recommended 8 cups of water a day 

Extra Precautions

  • Reduce time in large group settings (concerts, movies, sporting events etc. )
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Don’t shake a person’s hand when you greet them

Who Should I call if I think I have the Coronavirus?

If you think you are sick with the Coronavirus call your doctor and tell them the symptoms you have been experiencing and ask if you should come in for an appointment. If you don’t have a regular doctor you can also go to your local hospital. After they have assessed your symptoms they will then determine if you should get tested for the Coronavirus (COVID19).

Conclusion

Covid-19 is something in 6 months has now become a part of our normal day routine. Remember it is sill very important to take extra precautions. Some of the precautions include social distancing 6 feet from others, washing your hands for 20 seconds, disinfecting your home and commonly used items every day and last wearing a face mask in public places.

If you are sick stay home to rest and call your doctor to get further advice.

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