In early 2020, a new virus began generating headlines all over the world. This virus widely known as Corona has been responsible for affecting millions of people globally causing several thousands of deaths.
Doctors are learning new things about this virus every day. So far, we have known that this virus may not cause any symptoms initially for some people. Before, you can notice symptoms, you may carry the virus for 2 days or up to 2 weeks.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Some common symptoms that have been specifically linked to Covid-19 include:
• Dry cough
Less common symptoms include:
• Aches and pains.
• Sore throat.
• Loss of taste or smell.
• A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes.
These symptoms may become more severe in people. Call emergency medical services if you or someone you care for have any of the following serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
• Chest pain or pressure.
• Loss of speech or movement.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
The best way to prevent the transmission of infection is to avoid or limit contact with people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or any respiratory infection. The next best thing you can do is practice good hygiene and physical distancing to prevent bacteria and viruses from being transmitted.
To Prevent COVID-19 infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
• Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
• Stay home if you feel unwell.
• Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
• Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
Stay Home If Felling Unwell
If a person has mild symptoms of COVID-19, they can self-isolate by staying at home and avoiding contact with others. Even if a person is unsure whether they have COVID-19, a common cold, or something else, it is best to stay inside and rest.