A complete guide backed up by experts for suspicious covid-19 or coronavirus symptoms
A cup of tea and cough drops are good to ease your throat in normal times. But in the times of coronavirus, however minor cold symptoms are also alarming as symptoms of Covid-19.
Coronavirus is spreading widely through communities. Due to the limited testing capacity, it’s the impact of circulation of the virus is still unknown. However, it’s a relief that these infections are asymptomatic and mild. Even when infected there’s a chance that you’ll be just fine.
Here’s exactly what to do if you think you’re have covid-19 or coronavirus symptoms:
1. What Is Covid-19 early Symptoms?
The early symptoms of novel coronavirus are cough and fever. Most adult patients have a cough/fatigue, and some show symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea whereas body aches and nasal congestion are less common.
Flu and Covid-19 cold — all show similar symptoms. Difference being the coronavirus is new to people’s immune system which explains why people who are infected with it have a more severe form of the infection that can lead to death.
One needs to call the doctor, should they feel shortness of breath, chest pressure or tightness, dehydration, and bluish lips — these are the RED signs. The relief is that many of these infections are relatively mild and even asymptomatic — so even infected, there’s a good chance you’ll be fine.
2. Where and when do I get a test done?
The virus’ has deadly consequences and developing tests take time — considering coronavirus has only taken place last month, WHO has made all possible testing available worldwide. It’s America that took the decision to develop its own vaccination and as a result limited testing is avaialble in America.
So does it mean — testing is available to limited people in US and that could have fatal consequences like the big apple city is already poisoned with one person dying every hour.
3. What to do, if I think I may have got it?
US doctors advice to stay out of emergency rooms and urgent care settings. Settings like these are places where chronically ill people have to be on a regular basis to get care. Visiting one while you’re ill makes more likely for you to spread the infection to these people.
Since few locations are currently offering testing a better plan, would be to call ahead to your doctor’s office and ask what to do. Only exception to that rule, are those RED flag symptoms. If you’re ill, get medical attention immediately.
4. What do I do at home with such infected mental state?
If you’re home with mild illness, do what makes you feel better.
Stay Hydrated: Drink enough fluids with a little salt and sugar in them. Eat, and get lots of rest and sleep. Doctors say medications like Nyquil and acetaminophen can be helpful for getting rest and reducing symptoms. Most over-the-counter cough and cold medicines won’t be much of the help as they don’t do very much for symptoms of other respiratory infections.
You might have heard that some HIV drugs and hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, are among the compounds being investigated for curing symptoms of covid-19. But don’t take these at home because of their side effects and the potential for medication interactions.
Most imperative thing one can do if home sick with a not-terrible case of possible Covid-19 is to stay home. Stay in your room, and try to stay at least six feet away from other people. Don’t share dishes or utensils, and open a window to improve air circulation in shared rooms. Wear a surgical mask, wear one to help reduce the spread of your germs, if you are going to be around other people. And wash your hands a lot.
Doctors have cautioned everyone who have shown the symptoms of coronavirus or Covid-19 infections to observe maximum care and stay at home — even if their condition improves in last 72 hours. It is striictly advised to leave home only if it is urgent or in emergency situation. Social distancing should be strictly followed to keep the community safe.