Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and How to Protect Yourself

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and How to Protect Yourself

COVID-19 is a common virus that causes a disease that can cause a respiratory tract infection. It can affect your upper respiratory tract (nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs). It is a pandemic disease that spreads through aerosols and mainly person-to-person who are in close contact with another.

It ranges from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory syndrome that means severe to acute.

As it is a Zoonotic disease humans can be infected by civet cats, camels and bats.

The COVID-19 incubation period is 2-12 days but mostly it’s symptoms reveal themselves around the 5th day.

Clinical features range from no symptoms (Asymptomatic) to severe pneumonia and death.

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sputum production
  • Shortness of breath
  • Myalgia or Arthralgia
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nasal congestion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hemoptysis
  • Conjunctival Congestion
  • Probably 5-6 symptoms can be shown in COVID-19

How Can You Protect Yourself From Acquiring COVID-19

There is no certain specific treatment protocol published by WHO so the best way to prevent it from occurring is to practice social distancing. You can avoid COVID-19 by

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly, after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Use sanitizer after 1 or 2 hours
  • Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (within about 6 feet)
  • Stay home if you are sick and get some medical care
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them, Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.