Symptoms: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is mainly a Respiratory Disease. However, this virus affects different people in different ways. People having underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death. The symptoms of COVID-19 are given below:-
- Fever: Fever is when a human’s body temperature goes above the normal range of 36–37° Centigrade (98–100° Fahrenheit). It is a common medical sign. Other terms for fever include pyrexia and controlled hyperthermia. As the body temperature goes up, the person may feel cold until it levels off and stops rising.
- Tiredness: Fatigue is a term used to describe an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. It isn’t the same as simply feeling drowsy or sleepy. When you’re fatigued, you have no motivation and no energy. Being sleepy may be a symptom of fatigue, but it’s not the same thing.
- Dry Cough: A sudden, forceful hacking sound to release air and clear irritation in the throat or airway. Coughing can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include normal clearing of airways, irritants such as smoke and gas, tobacco use or improperly swallowing food and liquids.
- Aches and Pains: Body aches are a common symptom of many conditions. The flu is one of the most well-known conditions that can cause body aches. Aches can also be caused by your everyday life, especially if you stand, walk, or exercise for long periods of time
- Shortness of Breath: known medically as Dyspnea — is often described as an intense tightening in the chest, air hunger, difficulty breathing, breathlessness or a feeling of suffocation. Very strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, obesity and higher altitude all can cause shortness of breath in a healthy person.
- Diarrhea: Diarrhea is loose, watery stools (bowel movements). You have diarrhea if you have loose stools three or more times in one day. Acute diarrhea is diarrhea that lasts a short time. It is a common problem. It usually lasts about one or two days, but it may last longer.
- Nausea: Nausea is a diffuse sensation of unease and discomfort, often perceived as an urge to vomit. While not painful, it can be a debilitating symptom if prolonged and has been described as placing discomfort on the chest, upper abdomen, or back of the throat.
- Running nose: Excess drainage, ranging from a clear fluid to thick mucus, from the nose and nasal passages. A runny nose can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include cold exposure, hot temperatures or exercise.
- Sore Throat: A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 helpline for further advice on testing.
IF FACING FEVER, COUGH OR DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING, CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR AND SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.
Stay at home if you feel unwell. Follow the direction of your local health authority. Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
National and local authorities have the most up to date information on the situation in the area.