The COVID-19 pandemic became a global treat sometime in January of 2️020. It's a chronic disease that killed thousands of people in just a few months of existence. It wasn't all clear what the symptoms of this dreadful disease were initially, but the WHO has continued to update the public about new findings concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic.
And after symptoms were discovered, they were common conditions that anyone could have, such as high fever, weakness of the body, and dry cough as a result of the virus inside a patient's throat. However, with time, more symptoms were discovered, and now, the count had gone up to 12.
The following are the updated list of symptoms a COVID-19 patient can develop over some few days of getting infected by this dreadful disease:
5. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
7. Muscle and body aches
9. Congestion or runny nose
11. Sore throat
12. Nausea or vomiting
The symptoms listed above could be mild or severe, depending on the patient's body resistance level. And it could also start mildly and turn severe in a couple of hours, a few days or within a week of contracting the virus.
Because the symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus is similar to that of everyday illnesses, it's somewhat challenging to determine if a patient has the virus or not without adequate testing by well-trained professionals.
Well, it still doesn't mean that someone suffering from one or more of the abovelisted symptoms has contracted the coronavirus. For instance, anyone can have a runny nose from an allergy. Also, signs of pregnancy in early or late stages can see a woman develop most of the symptoms related to that of the coronavirus.
So, to be on a safer side, it's essential to go for a test to determine if one has the virus or not after noticing a number of the symptoms mentioned. But before you rush off to the nearest health facility, different governments globally have emergency lines to call, and someone will lead you on what to do next. If symptoms continue, you'll also be told when it's the right time to check-in at the nearest isolation center for COVID-19 patients.
And not showing any of the symptoms aforementioned doesn't mean one isn't infected with the virus. Far to what's believe, the virus isn't over yet. In fact, more and more countries have continued to learn more about the disease, and more symptoms are also discovered.
Preventing yourself is still your best bet. The WHO has released ways in which individuals can secure themselves and loved ones from contracting the virus. These include washing hands regularly with alcohol-based handwash, using face masks, not touching the eye, nose, and mouth with bare hands, and keeping to social distance rules in public. Most importantly, if you don't have anywhere important to be at, stay at home.
Which are the first symptoms of the coronavirus disease?
According to the information available on the WHO International official website, a patient can see signs of mild illness to pneumonia in the initial stage. It could also be fever, cough, sore throat, and headaches. And in very severe cases, especially with the elderly or those with underlying illnesses, it can be a difficulty with breathing, which could lead to death.