Symptoms of Coronavirus

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They are very similar to common cold, or hayfever. But there are some key differences.
  1. At the beginning of the illness Coronavirus gives you a slight fever (37.5 °C).
  2. It does NOT generally give you a runny nose - the nose usually stays dry.
  3. Later, it gets you a dry cough, and thus begin the infection of your lungs, giving you its typical sensation of shortness of breath, which can become serious if you are affected by the disease and require hospitalization.

These are the most common symptoms. This does not exclude that they might vary from patient to patient.

In the majority of cases (80%), Coronavirus victims do NOT require medical treatment, because a healthy organism is usually enough to fight its effects alone. In that 10 to 20% that requires treatment, only 1 case in 6 gets serious, needing breathing assistance.

It becomes highly problematic when it infects people who are already sick because of other illnesses, often provoking a rapid deteriorating of the overall clinical conditions, and of course, is very harmful to old people whose immune system is less responsive.


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What to do if you think you think you have COVID-19 symptoms?

Reach out and ask a doctor what to do in your specific case. The procedures vary in every country. However there are some things that you can do on your own, and you are urged to do.
  1. Avoid interactions with others. If possible try to stay home and monitor your health constantly, without panicking, for a couple weeks. The first is - avoid contact and crowds. Do not shake hands. Do not stay close to others. If you sneeze, cover your mouth with your arm or tissue (not your hand) so to avoid spreading it around.
  2. If you have to go out to buy food and supplies, protect yourself and others by wearing a surgical mask. Wearing a surgical mask avoids spreading the COVID-19 virus around if you are infected. It is much less effective for avoiding getting it (there are many ways of catching it, as we will see).
  3. Wash your hands every time you go out, and do it thoroughly for one minute under warm water using soap. The COVID-19 virus can be picked up on metallic and plastic surfaces with your hands (it stays active for several hours), and then could end up in your organism when you rub your eyes. So, it is essential to wash your hands thoroughly when you come home for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Vitamin C has a healthy effect on your body, as it is one of the major factors of the oxygenation of your blood. So, drink orange and lemon juice, possibly freshly squeezed. It will do good for your body and it is also good.
  5. Do not take medicines unless directed by your doctor. Especially, do not take antibiotics, which are useless against viruses.
  6. A good thing to do, every day, is taking in a deep breath of air in the lungs and retaining it for as long as you can. If you can go as far as 20/30 seconds or more, you could be fairly sure you are ok - but as always, check a doctor.

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