What are the symptoms coronavirus causes? And when to concern a Doctor?

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

How many people have been affected?

Scientists have confirmed human-to-human transmission in January.

As of 2 April, more than 935,000 people have been infected in 180 countries, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

There have been over 47,000 deaths globally.only 3,000 of those deaths have occurred in mainland China, where the coronavirus was first recorded in the city of Wuhan. Italy has been hardest hit, though, with over 13,100 deaths, and Spain has seen more than 9,300 deaths. The US now has more confirmed cases than any other country – over 216,000. Many of those who have died had medical problems, which the coronavirus complicated.

More than 194,000 people are recorded as having recovered from the coronavirus.

According to the WHO, the common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Patients would also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains. Some patients have also reported losing their sense of taste and/or smell.

Mild cases: About 80% of people who are affected by Covid-19 experience serious regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment. WHO says, about one in six people become seriously ill.

Strong cases: The elderly and people already suffering from medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of serious illness from Covid-19.

In UK, the National health Service (NHS) has identified the specific symptoms as:

1. High temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

2. New continuous cough - this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

As this is viral disease so antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu don't work, and there is no vaccine currently. Recovers depends on the strength of the immune system.

Should I concern a doctor if I find symptoms like high temperature or cough?

In India, doctors advice is now that anyone with symptoms should immediately to your near hospital or contact to the helpline number provided by the government. If you live with other people, they should stay in home quarantine for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. This applies to everyone, regardless of whether they have travel history.

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