Coronavirus is one of the virus families that mainly cause severe types of cold, such as Acute Respiratory distress Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (ARDS & MER), these syndromes are species of coronavirus which infects humans and animals, and only recently this new type of coronavirus called COVID 19 surfaced and caused a worldwide pandemic that started in Wuhan a city in China, causing more than 5,800,000 infection cases and more than 360,000 deaths worldwide, it is believed that COVID-19 has emerged from bats and can persist on surfaces for days and in the air for hours.
The new contagious virus has mutated into an aggressive strain, that is now referred to as COVID 19 which has raised the alarm worldwide. Due to this reason, the world health organization has declared it a health emergency in several countries since they have many confirmed cases so far, including the USA with a total of 1,750,000 cases and more than 102,000 deaths, this calls for everyone to know more about this dreadful and deadly disease.
Do not ignore the 8 early signs and symptoms of coronavirus which we’ll be going to through next, this will help you raise awareness and also your likelihood of getting proper treatments if affected before the disease gets to its advanced stage, and what can you do to prevent it from infecting you and your beloved ones.
Sign 1: f you are experiencing shortness of breath
When you are infected with COVID-19, you are likely to have shortness of breath. It becomes hard and uncomfortable to breathe in oxygen as the body requires, the infected person feels that they can’t get enough air.
Thus may have breathing problems and it becomes intense with an increased stuffy nose, many diseases are accompanied by such symptoms, but with this new strain of coronavirus, you need to be more cautious and visit your doctor once you suspect of having this symptom.
Sign 2: If you have a severe fever
This symptom may also appear if you have a high body temperature than the normal one. The normal temperature of a healthy human being is about 98.6f. A high fever doesn’t represent a disease.
but it could be a sign that you might be infected with coronavirus and it means that the body is fighting the infection. Patients with coronavirus often experience a period of fever illness as the body fights this strong virus. A high temperature that doesn’t resolve after a couple of days, calls for an alarm.
Sign 3: If you are Sneezing
Sneezing can also be a symptom of a serious problem such as coronavirus. It is very annoying, generally speaking, sneezing is the body’s natural way to clear its airways by removing all its irritants from throat and nose.
But his disease makes the membranes to become irritated, It irritates the respiratory airways, and thus causing the infected person to sneeze. Sneezing can be triggered by several things, and in this case, coronavirus isn’t left out.
Sign 4: If you have a sore throat
Sore throat is primarily among the first symptoms coming with coronavirus. People who are infected with the new coronavirus (Covid 19) are said to have experienced a sore throat and reported having a sort of scratchiness and irritation of their throat that often gets worse when you try to eat food or drink water.
Normal Sore throats, usually last just a few days, therefore if yours is chronic, the underlying cause should be addressed. Coronavirus and sore throats are so much related, and that sore throat you are ignoring might be a symptom of the disease.
Sign 5: If you are feeling tired
Fatigue is among the major signs of the coronavirus. Even though fatigue is very common and also related to many other health problems, the majority of the patients with confirmed coronavirus disease in 2020 have been reported to feel extremely tired thus fatigue is one symptom that needs attention.
about half of the infected reported extreme fatigue and exhaustion, the disease appears to be more serious for the elderly people, especially within the range of 30-75 years old of age.
Sign 6: If you have a runny nose
Having a runny nose occurs to each and everybody, and it is a condition which we usually deal with easily at home. But do you know that runny nose can also be an underlying problem and possibly a sign of coronavirus?
a running nose that may intensify suspicion of normal flu requires immediate attention and a call for your doctor, make sure to stay in your house if you suspect the virus, call emergency and take these preventive measures.
Sign 7: If you have eyes irritation
Coronaviruses are transmitted from humans to humans or animals to humans during close contact, therefore touching or shaking hands, or even scratching your eyes with the virus on your hands, can seriously affect your health and cause eye irritation.
that usually begins from one eye either right or left and then spread to the other eye, the virus can cause conjunctivitis which is an inflammation of the conjunctiva (the white tissue that protects your eyes).
Sign 8: If you are Coughing
That cough which you would have taken for granted in the past may seem a bit more threatening these days. An acute cough starts all of a sudden and typically does not last for more than 2 -3 weeks.
And they are the type that you most regularly get when you have acute bronchitis, flu or cold, people with coronavirus tend to have chronic coughs that last a bit longer than 2 – 3 weeks. This may be a sign of infection with this virus which needs immediate medical attention.
Preventive measures against coronavirus
Due to the fact that COVID-19 is a cold disease that strives in cold weather and cold environment, it is necessary to take preventive measures:
- Washing your hands and face with water and soap for at least 20 seconds,
- Stay at home and call emergency to confirm it, if you suspect having the disease
- Cover your sneezes and coughs and avoid touching your eyes,
- Avoid contact with people and animals
- Clean your house to reduce the risk of getting infected
- Create an action plan for your household and beloved one
- Wear a mask, and changed it every 6 hours
keep in mind that these signs may appear 2-14 days after the exposure to COVID 19, you also need to pay attention to nutrition deficiencies from the food you eat (especially vitamin D) and lack of sun exposure, these 2 factors highly impact your immune system and thus, make you vulnerable and increases the risk of getting infected by COVID 19,