Don’t give ear to rumours and misinformation. Be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19, so that proper precautions can be taken. This becomes extremely important in the light of COVID-19 being declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The name of the Coronavirus has also been officially declared as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS – CoV-2) by WHO.
Symptoms you should be aware of:
COVID-19 has symptoms resembling common cold or flu.
- Sore throat
- Difficulty in breathing
- Nasal Blockage
- Runny nose
- Body pain
It also results in bronchitis and pneumonia, since it’s a respiratory infection.
Also be aware that these symptoms might not show up immediately. It usually takes 2-14 days for the symptoms to become evident. In case of experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, seek medical attention without any delay. With proper treatment, around 80% of the infected people can get cured.
Estimates say that 1 out of 6 people reach severe stages where it becomes hard to breath. People with underlying health conditions like blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, immunity issues etc. are more at the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Steps to take if you notice any symptom:
Firstly, stay indoors and get in touch with a doctor for consultation. Let your doctor know every detail regarding the symptoms, their intensity etc.
Based on this information, as well as other factors like your age, underlying health conditions, previous contact with COVID-19 positive people etc. he/she can make a diagnosis.
Based on this diagnosis, you will be prescribed lab tests or medicines as per the need.
If the symptoms are mild, it’s advised to stay at home and take rest, avoid contact with others, take medicines regularly, and consume lots of fluids. But if the symptoms tend to get severe, go for immediate medical help.