Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on several factors. After exposure, the symptoms take 2 to 14 days to develop.
- Fever that measures at least 38°C or 100.4 °F
- Shortness of breath/breathing difficulties
The coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 causes pneumonia-like symptoms, although they differ slightly. In severe cases, organs failure is a common symptom. The strength of the immune system determines recovery. Therefore, the elderly and those who have underlying health conditions are at a higher risk of getting infected because they have weaker immune systems.
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If I have asthma, what will happen?
An asthma patient has a huge chance to become seriously ill from coronavirus.
Testing for COVID-19
According to health experts, you do not have to go to a hospital if you sneeze or have a cough or fever. Instead, you are advised to stay at home for about 14 days, self-isolation. Keeping away from other people is essential to avoid spreading the virus or getting infected. While in self-isolation, educate yourself about coronavirus from reliable sources e.g., World Health Organization (WHO) website, NHS website, etc. If the viral symptoms last for more than seven days or you get worse, call relevant authorities via the hotline number. Ministry of Health is sending messages to people via cell phones accompanied by a toll-free hotline number in case of emergency. It is essential to understand that people are no longer tested for coronavirus unless they are in the hospital. Ergo, if your symptoms persist, ensure you reach out to relevant authorities to get help.
Have there been other coronaviruses?
COVID -19 is one of the many strains of coronavirus. Although there are other strains of coronavirus, they are not known to affect man. However, Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) are other types of coronaviruses that come from animals. In 2002, Sars spread to 37 countries, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing more than 750. On the other hand, Mers only killed about 35% of the 2,500 who were infected. According to these statistics, Mers is not easily passed from one person to another, but it has a greater lethality when compared to Sars.
The outbreak of coronavirus disease is stressful for most people and communities, thus causing social stigma to thins, places, or individual people. People who are associated with COVID 19 face discrimination. This includes the population or nationality even though not everyone has the virus or is at risk of contracting the virus. Another type of discrimination occurs when a person who had been quarantined is released from the quarantine zone. Stigmatization is not good because it can cause stress and humiliate some individuals. Here are some people who are experiencing stigmatization due to COVID-19:
- People who have traveled
- Persons of Asian descent
- Healthcare professionals or emergency responders because they are at risk of getting infected
Stigma not only hurts some people but also causes anger due to rejection or denial of social amenities like education, health, housing, and employment. You can prevent or avoid coronavirus by avoiding crowded places and staying at home if you are sick. Do not cough into your hands, and if you need to sneeze or cough, cover your cough with a tissue or use your elbow or upper sleeve to prevent the spread of the virus. Finally, wash your hands regularly using soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Washing your hands is recommended before eating, after coughing/sneezing and after going to the bathroom. If you do not have running water and soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an ideal choice. Finally, avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.