For most infected people, the symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of a common seasonal flu. Cough, fever, severe fatigue, and shortness of breath. Some may develop a loss of smell, diarrhea, difficulty breathing or chest pain.
It is a respiratory virus that looks like influenza at first. Not everyone who is infected will have the same degree of symptoms. The disease may go unnoticed for some people and lead to death for others.
As with the flu, some people may feel the effects more than others. More severe cases may develop respiratory failure, which is manifested by oxygen desaturation. It’s this point that determines whether a patient is sent home or kept under observation.
If you have these symptoms, you should assume that you have coronavirus and isolate yourself.
Once fully recovered, isolation remains necessary for an additional 14 days, because the virus could still be contagious during this period.
For people with the new coronavirus, the best cure is still resting and patience.
You need to stay hydrated, eat and rest. There's not much else to do. Most people will make it through without difficulty within a few days.
There were some reports that ibuprofen could make symptoms worse. However, there is no current scientific evidence to prove this. There are also no drugs that have been tested against the virus.
There are so many COVID-19 cases, that if a drug is effective, we will find out quickly.
The red flag is when the person feels very weak, is no longer able to hydrate, and has difficulty breathing.
Just like before the crisis, it’s better to stay home as long as you don’t have trouble breathing. Getting to the hospital early will not improve the chances of survival or speed of recovery, and it is likely that a person with the coronavirus, but with only mild symptoms, will be sent home.
As of April 5 2020, according to the World Health Organization, the coronavirus outbreak has caused more than 63 000 deaths worldwide, nearly three-quarters of them in Europe. In the United States, the pandemic is progressing very fast, with more than 300 000 confirmed cases of infection. According to several specialists, the coming weeks will be very tough for the U.S.
It is more important than ever to wash your hands with soap and water, wear gloves and a mask, set up social distance and confine yourself. These are all measures to reduce your risk of contamination, protect yourself and the community, and avoid possible respiratory complications.
Let's stay strong and united, take care of ourselves and our families, listen to instructions and keep up hope. The sun always comes back after the storm.