COVID19

How to Recognize an Infection with COVID-19

 

With all the daily reports of new coronavirus cases, you’re probably worried about catching it. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help yourself and reduce your risk of developing the disease. However, it is important that you take the symptoms seriously if you do become ill. If you think you have the virus, stay home and call your doctor to find out if you need to be tested and if you need treatment.

Recognize symptoms

Watch out for symptoms affecting the respiratory system, such as a cough.

Since the new coronavirus is an infection of the respiratory tract, a typical symptom is a cough with or without phlegm. However, a cough can also be a sign of allergies or another respiratory disease. So don’t drive yourself crazy. Call your doctor if you think your cough is caused by the coronavirus. Think about whether you may have had contact with a sick person. If this is the case, then you may have been infected. Best try to stay away from sick people. If you have to cough, keep your distance from people with a weak immune system or who belong to a risk group. This includes people over 65, newborns, children, pregnant women and anyone taking medications that weaken the immune system.

Take your temperature to determine if you have a fever.

Because fever is a common symptom of this new condition, you should always check your temperature if you’re worried you may be sick. A temperature above 38.0 °C can indicate that you are infected with coronaviruses or have another illness. If you have a fever, call your doctor to discuss your symptoms. If you have a fever, your illness is likely contagious, so avoid contact with other people.

Get checked if you have trouble breathing or are short of breath.

Coronaviruses cause breathing problems, which is always serious symptom. Contact your doctor or 911 immediately if you are having trouble breathing. This can be a sign that you have a serious infection such as that caused by a coronavirus. You may need additional treatment if you have respiratory problems, so you should always consult your doctor if you are short of breath.

Tip: Coronavirus can cause pneumonia in some patients. Therefore, do not hesitate to consult your doctor if you have breathing problems.

Realize that a sore throat and runny nose may be caused by another medical condition.

While the new coronavirus is a respiratory infection, it doesn’t usually bring with it a sore throat or runny nose. The typical symptoms are cough, fever and shortness of breath. Other symptoms can be a sign of another respiratory illness, like the flu or a cold. Just call your doctor to make sure. It’s understandable that you’re worried when you get sick. However, don’t worry if you notice any symptoms other than a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Get an official diagnosis

Call your doctor if you suspect you have contracted the coronavirus.

Tell your doctor that you have symptoms and ask if you should come to the office for a check-up. Your doctor may recommend that you stay home and rest. However, your doctor may also want to carry out laboratory tests to rule out an infection. Follow the doctor’s instructions so you can recover quickly and minimize the risk of contamination to others. Keep in mind that there are no medications for this new pathogen, so your doctor won’t be able to give you a prescription.

Tip: Tell your doctor if you’ve recently traveled or had contact with animals. This can help diagnose this condition.

Get a lab test that can confirm coronavirus infection if your doctor recommends it.

Your doctor may do a throat swab or blood test to identify the pathogen. This will help the doctor rule out other infectious diseases and may confirm the presence of the coronavirus. Therefore, have your doctor take a swab or blood test to get an accurate diagnosis. It shouldn’t hurt to have a throat swab or blood drawn. However, it can be uncomfortable for a short time.

Get immediate medical help, such as 911, if you experience breathlessness.

Infection with coronaviruses can cause serious complications such as pneumonia. If you’re having trouble breathing, see your doctor, call an ambulance, or go to the emergency room right away. If you’re single, call 911 so you can get to the emergency room safely. Airway problems can indicate complications. Your doctor can help you initiate treatment measures that will help you recover.

Stay at home to minimize the risk of infection.

It’s likely that your infection is contagious, so stay home if you feel sick. Make yourself as comfortable as possible while you’re on the road to recovery. You should also tell people around you that you are sick so that you do not get a visit from the sick. Before you go to the doctor you should announce yourself so appropriate precautions can be taken. When you leave the house, wear a face mask. Ask your doctor when it’s safe to return to a normal routine. The infection can be contagious for up to ten days.

Rest so your body can regenerate.

The best thing you can do for yourself is rest while your body fights the infection. You can either lie in bed or on the couch while supporting your upper body with pillows so that you are elevated. You should also have a blanket handy if you get cold. Elevating your torso will help you avoid a coughing fit. Use blankets or towels to support your upper body.

Take over-the-counter medicines and remedies that can bring down your fever.

Infection with coronaviruses often leads to body aches. Fortunately, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, paracetamol, or aspirin® help with these symptoms. Get advice from the pharmacy and ask your doctor whether it is okay to take such a drug. Take the medicine as recommended in the package insert. Do not give Aspirin® to children or teenagers under the age of 18. This can produce a fatal reaction called “Reye’s Syndrome”. You should not exceed the minimum dosage found on the package insert even if you are not feeling better.

Use a humidifier, which will soothe your throat and airways.

You will likely have a sore throat and need to cough up. A humidifier can help relieve these symptoms. The fine mist from the humidifier will keep your throat and airways moist, which will help you get better. In addition, the cough phlegm is diluted by moisture. Follow your humidifier’s instructions for proper use. Wash your humidifier thoroughly with soap and water between uses to avoid accidental mold growth.

Drink plenty of fluids to help your body regenerate.

Fluid helps your body fight the infection and also thins the cough phlegm. Drink water, hot water, or tea. These drinks will balance your water levels. Additionally, you can eat broth-based soups, which also help with hydration. Warm liquids are the best solution and can also relieve your sore throat symptoms. Try hot water or a tea with a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of honey.

Tips

You can find a lot of other interesting information about Corona here. If at all possible, stay at home as much as possible to help prevent the virus from spreading further. The incubation period for infection with coronaviruses is around five days. Therefore, it is very likely that you will not notice the symptoms immediately after infection. Airports around the world have started screening travelers coming from countries with high rates of the disease for symptoms of coronavirus illness. These measures can limit the distribution. Even if you are not sick, keep a distance of at least five feet from other people to avoid endangering them and yourself and to stop the spread of the virus.

Warnings

Coronaviruses can cause dangerous complications, so you should call your doctor right away if you’re short of breath or you think your symptoms are getting worse. The new coronavirus is also transmitted by people who do not show any noticeable symptoms. It is therefore important to avoid contact with people who may have been in contact with the sick.

 

About the Author

Elizabeth Matthews

Elizabeth Matthews is a New York City-based freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including business, personal finance, SEO, and life hacks. Her work has appeared in Money, SavingGuru, Forbes, ABCNews, and Coupons.com.