The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has managed to garner all the headlines over the last fortnight with it spreading to more than 80 countries across the world. We told you the WHO-recommended pointers to help you stay safe amidst the rapid spread of the disease. But how do you find out if you are affected by the virus? What are the signs and symptoms you must watch out for? And in case you are detected positive, what should be the next course of treatment? Find out here.
Signs & symptoms:
According to the WHO, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
When should you consult a medical health professional?
- If you have a fever
- If you show signs of a respiratory illness such as cough or difficulty in breathing
- If you have been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19
- If you have recently travelled to one of those countries that has a widespread of COVID-19
If you suspect the above, visit your doctor or a nearby hospital immediately. Inform your doctor about your recent travels and the symptoms that you have been experiencing. Your doctor may take samples, including a sample of saliva (sputum), a nasal swab and a throat swab, to send for testing.
And what if tested positive for COVID-19?
Depending on the lab results and the severity of the infection your doctor may suggest you be isolated and treated at home or in the hospital under screening for severe cases. There isn’t a vaccine or an anti-viral aimed at curing COVID-19 currently. Treatment modalities would include plenty of rest, fluid intake, pain relief tablets and cough suppressants.