As the new form of coronavirus continues to spread around the world, you may be concerned that the respiratory symptoms you are experiencing mean you have contracted the virus. It’s possible you just caught a simple respiratory infection like a cold or the flu. To be on the safe side, however, it is important that you take the whole thing seriously and see a doctor about it. If you are sick, you will receive the right treatment.
- 1 Recognize the symptoms
- 2 Test and treat
- 3 Take care of yourself while you are ill
- 4 Prevent infection
- 4.1 Stay home and stay away from others.
- 4.2 Wear a mask and keep a safe distance of five feet from other people.
- 4.3 Regularly with soap and water.
- 4.4 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 4.5 Clean and disinfect all objects and surfaces at home and in public.
- 4.6 Avoid contact with sick people.
- 4.7 Cover your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.
- 4.8 Keep everything clean when animals are involved.
- 4.9 Cook meat and animal products well.
- 4.10 Pay attention to travel warnings if you want to travel to other countries.
Recognize the symptoms
Notice if your cough is accompanied by phlegm.
While coronavirus is a respiratory infection, it doesn’t have as many symptoms as the flu or a cold. A cough, for example, is one of these symptoms, with or without phlegm. Call your doctor if you have a cough and think you have the coronavirus. You are more likely to have contracted the virus if there are already cases in your area, as this is where you may have contracted it. If you’ve recently traveled somewhere where the infection rate was elevated, there’s also a chance you caught it there. If you have to cough, cover your mouth with a handkerchief or your sleeve to prevent infection. It is best to wear a mask so as not to endanger anyone else. Stay away from people who are at risk when you are sick. This includes people over the age of 65, babies, children, pregnant women and people taking medications that weaken the immune system.
to find out if it’s elevated.
Infection with the coronavirus usually comes with a fever. Use a clinical thermometer to measure if your body temperature is above 38°C, because then you have a fever. If so, call your doctor first before going to a doctor’s office or clinic. Stay at home unless you have to go to the doctor. If you have a fever, your illness is most likely contagious. Protect other people by staying at home. Keep in mind, however, that a fever is a symptom of many illnesses and does not automatically mean you have the coronavirus.
Go to the emergency room if you’re having trouble breathing.
Because breathing problems are always a serious symptom, it is important that you see a doctor or call the emergency room right away to get help. This can be a sign of a serious illness, which is not necessarily the coronavirus. Shortness of breath is also a typical but not as serious symptom that you should report to your doctor. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), this form of the virus can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia. Contact your doctor right away if you’re having trouble breathing, just to be on the safe side.
Warning: People with a weakened immune system or pre-existing conditions such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes are particularly sensitive to potentially fatal coronavirus infection. Babies and the elderly are also at risk of developing complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. If you or someone close to you is at risk, take extra care not to expose yourself to anyone who is infected.
In March 2020, the WHO reported that typical symptoms include cough, fever and breathing problems. Other people also reported fatigue. Symptoms such as heartburn, headaches, loss of sense of taste and smell, body aches, diarrhea, red eyes, itchy skin or numbness in fingers and toes can also be a sign of COVID-19. Chills, runny nose, congestion, and vomiting are also symptoms of the virus. Other symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose, headache or body aches are more likely to be symptoms of the flu or a cold. Call your doctor to find out if your symptoms are caused by the coronavirus. It’s understandable that you’re concerned, but remember that unless you have a cough, fever, and shortness of breath, it’s unlikely you have the virus.
Tip: If you are young and healthy, you may only experience mild symptoms. If you’ve recently traveled or been in contact with someone who has had the virus, call your doctor to find out if you should get tested. In the meantime, stay home so you don’t endanger anyone else.
Test and treat
Call your doctor right away if you think you have the virus.
Take your symptoms seriously, as the coronavirus can be life-threatening. Call your doctor to find out if you should get tested. Tell him about your symptoms and if you’ve traveled recently or been in contact with someone infected. Follow the doctor’s instructions, whether it’s getting tested or continuing to monitor your symptoms while you stay at home. Let the office staff know you think you have the virus before you show up. In this way, they can make preparations so as not to endanger anyone.
EXPERT COUNCIL global public humanitarian organization The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the UN responsible for international public health. Founded in 1948, the World Health Organization monitors public health risks, promotes health and well-being, and coordinates international collaboration on public health and emergency response. WHO is currently leading and coordinating global efforts to help countries prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. World Health Organization global public humanitarian organization Our Experts Agree: Basically, local authorities have the latest information available about the situation in your area. If you call your doctor, they will be able to put you straight to the right place. This protects you and will prevent the virus from spreading further.
Allow your doctor to test you for the virus.
If the doctor thinks you have the coronavirus, they will most likely isolate you at the office or clinic while you are being tested. The health department will also be informed. Your doctor will then take a sample of mucus with a cotton swab or draw blood to test you for the virus. It’s possible that the doctor will then dismiss you and tell you to quarantine at home, depending on the situation. However, you will most likely be isolated to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Follow your doctor’s instructions closely and self-quarantine if necessary.
There is currently no specific treatment for the coronavirus. It is a viral infection that cannot be treated with antibiotics. If the doctor makes the diagnosis, they’ll likely send you home as long as you don’t have serious symptoms. Ask him for instructions on exactly what you should do at home and how not to endanger others. The doctor may prescribe medication to treat the symptoms. There is no drug that will fight or cure the virus, so all you can do is wait and take care of yourself. Ask the doctor what to look out for and when to return (e.g., if symptoms worsen or new symptoms appear).
Go to the emergency room if you have serious pulmonary symptoms.
While some forms of the coronavirus are mild, the new form can cause severe respiratory symptoms, such as difficult breathing. Such symptoms are always an emergency, even if it is not related to the coronavirus. Go to the emergency room or call an ambulance if you or someone you know has the following symptoms: Difficulty breathing or severe shortness of breath Bluish lips or face Chest pressure or pain Increasing confusion or difficulty rousing
Take care of yourself while you are ill
Stay home until the doctor says you’re cured.
Staying at home prevents the disease from spreading further. It is also important for the body to rest well. Avoid going to work or school and avoiding strenuous activities around the house while you are ill. Sleep as much as possible. Check with your doctor when you can return to your normal activities. He may recommend waiting two weeks or more even after symptoms have subsided.
Tip: If you live with someone, it’s best to isolate yourself in a room. If you have more than one bathroom, you should also use different bathrooms. This will help protect everyone else in the household from contamination.
Take over-the-counter medications to help with pain or fever.
If you have symptoms such as body aches, fever or headaches, you can try paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you are older than 18, you can also take aspirin® to counteract pain or fever. Never give Aspirin® to children or teenagers under the age of 18 as this can result in conditions such as Reye’s Syndrome. Always follow the dosage instructions given by the doctor or pharmacist. Before taking any medication, let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Tip: You’ve heard a lot that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can make the new coronavirus worse. There is no medical evidence for this. If you have concerns, consult your doctor before taking any medication.
against your cough
Use a Humidifier A humidifier can help soothe your throat, lungs, and airways. In addition, the mucus is loosened and something happens when you cough. Place a humidifier in your bedroom at night and wherever you spend most of the day. Taking a hot shower or simply sitting in the bathroom while the shower is running can also help soothe the cough and clear phlegm.
Drink enough fluids.
It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re sick. While you’re recovering, drink plenty of water, juices, or other clear beverages to avoid dehydration and to relieve constipation. Warm liquids like broth, tea, or hot lemon can be especially effective for sore throats and coughs.
Isolate yourself until the doctor says you can go outside again.
It is very important that you stay at home until you can no longer infect others. Your doctor will tell you when it’s okay to return to your usual activities. Always ask the doctor before you step out of isolation, even if you’re already feeling better. Your doctor may test you again for the virus. If tests aren’t available, he may let you out of your house if you’re symptom-free for 72 hours.
Go to the emergency room if you have severe symptoms.
Try not to worry, but with this virus, it’s possible to develop pneumonia, which can be life-threatening. Get treatment right away if you notice severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or severe shortness of breath Constant pain or pressure in the chest Confusion or difficulty waking up Bluish lips or face The list is not exhaustive, talk to a doctor if you develop other symptoms.
Stay home and stay away from others.
So-called “social distancing” is a very big topic in times of Corona. This means that contact with other people is to be restricted as far as possible. In this way, the virus cannot spread further. Only leave your home when absolutely necessary, like shopping or going to work. If at all possible, you may be able to arrange to work from home or do your schoolwork. Keep the necessary distance and also follow the guidelines of your country regarding meetings with friends and family.
Wear a mask and keep a safe distance of five feet from other people.
If you have to shop or leave your home for other reasons, protect yourself and others. Wear a mask that meets the requirements for protection and place it over your nose, mouth and chin.
Regularly with soap and water.
Washing hands is considered the be-all and end-all in the fight against the new coronavirus and other diseases. Always use soap and water, especially if you have touched surfaces that are touched by many people (such as doorknobs in public toilets or grab rails on buses and trains). You should also wash your hands if you have touched people or animals that may be infected. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and don’t forget the spaces between your fingers. To make sure you wash your hands long enough, you can sing “Happy Birthday” twice as you wash. If you don’t have a chance to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Respiratory viruses like those of the Corona family enter your body through the mucous membranes. You can protect yourself by keeping them away from your face, especially if you haven’t washed them recently.
Clean and disinfect all objects and surfaces at home and in public.
As a general preventive measure, you should always wipe down high-traffic surfaces to avoid spreading the disease further. Use 8 ounces of bleach in 1 gallon of water or a disinfectant wipe or spray to clean everything. The surface should remain wet for at least ten minutes so that the disinfectant can take effect. If someone in your household is sick, wash the dishes and everything else with hot water and detergent immediately. In addition, bedding should be washed in hot water.
Avoid contact with sick people.
The coronavirus spreads through droplets when a sick person coughs. If you see someone coughing or someone telling you they’ve been sick, politely remove yourself from their orbit. Also, do the following: Avoid direct personal contact with an infected person, such as hugging, kissing, shaking hands, or standing close to each other for long periods of time (e.g. on a bus or train) Do not drink from a glass or share other things with an infected person after contact do not touch the eyes, nose or mouth with an infected person avoid contact with infected faeces (e.g. when changing the diaper of an infected baby or young child).
Cover your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.
Otherwise, infected people will spread the virus. If you have COVID-19, you can protect other people by wearing a tissue or face mask over your nose and mouth in case you need to cough or sneeze. Throw away used tissues or Kleenex immediately and wash your hands with warm water. Then disinfect them with alcohol. If you cough or sneeze unexpectedly and don’t have a tissue handy, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow instead of your hand. That way you’re less likely to spread the virus if you touch things afterwards.
Keep everything clean when animals are involved.
While it seems that animals are not typical carriers of the virus, it is still possible. And there are a few known cases where the virus has been passed from humans to animals. If you come into contact with any animals, including pets, you should always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Always avoid contact with sick animals.
Cook meat and animal products well.
You can get the virus and other diseases from eating contaminated meat or milk. Avoid consuming raw meat and always wash your hands and work surfaces after handling these items.
Pay attention to travel warnings if you want to travel to other countries.
As we are in a global pandemic all unnecessary travel is discouraged. If you want to leave the country, you should first find out about the guidelines regarding the virus in the country in question. You can also go to the WHO website or get information from the Federal Foreign Office.