5 symptoms of COVID-19
As the world is getting engulfed by this scary virus, it’s time we equip ourselves to fight this pandemic! Corona virus belongs to a large family of viruses, mainly originating from China. This has infected and taken the world under its septicity, in a large way!
- Range of symptoms seen during
The covid virus is a rare strain of virus, which demonstrates illness ranging from simple common cold to severe forms like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS-CoV).
How COVID -19 infections spread:
The virus spreads from person-person in many ways:
- While 2 people come in close contact with one another (<6 feet distance)
- When an infected person sneezes or coughs into the space of the other person. The other person picks up the infection when they inhale the same air or when the droplets land on their mouth
Higher risk of spreading the infection:
The virus has an incubation period of 14 days during which a person does not display any symptom. This is the most dangerous period since the risk of infection transmission is high.
Spread by touching the contaminated surfaces:
When a healthy person comes in contact with any surface or objects such as door knobs, handles, steel bars, etc previously contaminated by
an infected person, the virus could land in his or her hands and eventually reach their mouth, eyes or nose, when they accidentally touch these areas.
Commonly seen symptoms of COVID-19 infection which are also high risk factors:
- Productive cough (cough with sputum)
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Stuffy nose
Testing for Covid -19 includes testing for all or any of the above symptoms. If anyone has been travelling or has come across a person or place with signs of infection, it is always advisable to test oneself. Also, it is better to quarantine or isolating oneself until tested again to be safe.
If you come across any of the above symptoms or seem to be at risk of contracting an infection, please do contact the Healthcare provider for further advice and assistance.