Symptoms of Coronavirus; How Quickly they Emerge and What are Required Actions
The new coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading across the globe at a faster pace. More than 33000 deaths are recorded, and more than 98,000 people are infected worldwide. Now every day, bulk cases are being recorded outside China. It is a deadly disease, but there is much people can do to protect themselves as well as others. Here is an article regarding all you need regarding coronavirus symptoms and the required actions.
Coronavirus belongs to the family of viruses that leads to disease in animals. Seven viruses of the family, including the new virus (Covid-19), have entered humans. Most of these viruses cause symptoms like the common cold.
Two viruses belonging to the family named severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), and middle east respiratory syndrome (Mers), are more severe. These viruses have killed approximately 1,500 people since 2002.
The new virus, Covid-19, is also highly dangerous. Till now, 15-20 percent of cases reported in the hospitals have been marked as severe, and the current death rate due to the virus varied between 0.7 percent and 3 percent based on the locations and access to good hospital care.
This death rate is lower than Sars (10 percent) and Mers (30 percent); nevertheless, it is still a significant threat.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), below mentioned are some of the common symptoms of coronavirus.
- A temperature
- A dry cough
- Shortness of breath (in serious cases)
Some patients might have symptoms like nasal congestion. Diarrhea, sore throat, runny nose, or aches and pains. WHO further adds, “These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people are infected but don’t develop any symptoms, and don’t feel unwell.”
These symptoms of new coronavirus are similar to that of other respiratory issues like flu and the common cold. So if you encounter any of these symptoms, give consideration to the following:
- Have you been in contact with a person with coronavirus
- Have you traveled to any area having a higher risk of coronavirus infected patients
Symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are thought to emerge between two to ten days after getting the virus, but it may be up to 24 days.
Most of the people (approximately 80%) recover from the disease without any special treatment. Nevertheless, approximately one out of six individuals (16%) get serious symptoms, become seriously ill, and face difficulty in breathing.
Aged people and ones with serious medical issues like heart problems, diabetes, lung issues, or high blood pressure are more likely to get severe symptoms.
When Should You Seek Medical Help?
Individuals having symptoms like cough, fever, and issues in breathing should immediately seek medical help. You can also seek medical help if:
- You have been in contact with a patient of coronavirus
- You think you have symptoms of coronavirus
- In the past few days, you have been in an area having a higher risk of coronavirus