The First Symptoms Of Coronavirus And What You Should Do Right Away

COVID-19 is already present in 152 countries and territories around the world. The novel coronavirus has been rapidly spreading and health authorities have been calling on people to support government efforts to contain the disease. 

One of the main recommendations from the government and doctors wash and sanitize hands with soap and products, and to also self-isolate if people experience the symptoms of COVID-19. However, many remain confused about the signs of the infection and when to get checked. 

That could increase the risks of transmitting or contracting the coronavirus. For example, health officials in South Korea said one patient had contact with more than 1,000 people at the time that she was infected. 

They estimated that the woman, called Patient 31, was linked to over half the cases in the country. The patient reportedly spent days visiting different public and crowded places before her diagnosis, including a hospital and church services in the city of Daegu, Reuters reported in early March

In between those visits, doctors said Patient 31 went to a hospital and received advice to get tested for the coronavirus because of a high fever. But the woman continued to visit more places, including a buffet lunch at a hotel. 

On Feb. 17, the woman went to another hospital to get tested since her symptoms worsened. The next day, results confirmed that she contracted the coronavirus. 

A few days after Patient 31’s test results came out, health authorities reported hundreds of people tested positive at the church she visited in Daegu and its surrounding areas. Up to 1,200 people who attended the same church services reported flu-like symptoms and hundreds were confirmed to have COVID-19, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC). 

Health officials are also investigating another major cluster in a nearby hospital in Cheongdo. They said many church members who interacted with Patient 31 in Daegu visited a funeral service at a hospital in the county.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Daegu and Cheongdo cover nearly 80 percent of infections in the entire South Korea. 

Nearly 80 percent of patients recover from COVID-19 and are receiving special treatment. But 16 percent of infected people develop serious complications and suffer from difficulty in breathing, The Telegraph reported Monday

It is important to detect coronavirus infection early and get immediate medical attention. If left untreated, complications could lead to severe respiratory problems and even death. 

Early Symptoms Of COVID-19

Initial reports stated that COVID-19 symptoms usually take two to 10 days to appear after contracting the virus. However, some people may start to feel the disease’s effects after 24 days. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the main and earliest signs of the coronavirus are:

  • A dry cough 
  • Fever
  • Tiredness

In some cases, patients report “aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea,” the organization noted.  

“These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually,” WHO said. “Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.”

What To Do If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

The government encourages people to self-isolate for seven days if they have a fever and a cough. If you live with others, keep a 2-meter distance from other people at home and sleep alone to reduce the risk of transmission. 

Those who have difficulty in breathing should get medical attention. However, do not visit the clinic immediately.

Call your healthcare provider first because you may put other patients clinic at risk. 

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COVID-19 Pandemic Health authorities encourage people with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for seven days, keep a 2-meter distance from other people at home and to sleep alone. Pixabay