By now, you have probably heard much about the SARS-coronavirus-2, or COVID-19, for short and most likely feel that you are aware of all that there is already to know about this infection. However, today we will be discussing the signs and symptoms of the virus in order to spot the differences, become aware and keep yourself and others safe.
To start, not everyone who is infected with the coronavirus gets sick, but it can range from no symptoms at all to death, thus it’s best to know what the symptoms are if you do get sick. It is important to talk about the signs and symptoms of this infection so that it would be easier to combat. A sign is something that can be measured for the illness during a physical exam. For example, if someone has a hard time breathing, and they are breathing faster than usual per minute, this is a sign. Another sign would be a high temperature. Because this temperature can be measured, it is therefore a sign.
On the other hand, symptoms are not based on measurement but rather how someone is feeling. So, if the person is feeling nauseous, this is a symptom. If they are feeling tired, this is another symptom. This is something that can not be measured but it is there because the patient is experiencing it physically and is feeling this. Other symptoms, by definition, include losing taste and smell senses, muscle aches and fevers as they are all measured by what someone is feeling and aren’t necessarily measured within a physical exam.
COVID-19 is difficult in the fact that the world is still learning about it, making it hard to classify its unusual signs and symptoms. As mentioned above, some people do not receive any symptoms at all nor do they even get sick, making them asymptomatic. When this happens, it means that people can be carrying the COVID-19 yet they do not know it themselves because they have little to no symptoms. They can feel as if they are totally healthy. Some, however, may experience minor symptoms such as a cold, a mild fever or hard breathing. Yet, even some, may carry the disease more intensely as they may get extremely sick and can even die from this disease. For this reason, there is a wide range of signs and symptoms regarding this disease.
When it comes to COVID-19, the signs and symptoms may vary the person but they may experience the following as a common result. Some may get a fever, fatigue, muscle pain or develop chills. Others may have a heavy cough. Though this is a respiratory disease, one may not have any cough at all and may develop other symptoms such as shortness of breath. Other symptoms of COVID-19 include losing one’s taste or smell, or some may even just have a headache and a sore throat. It is not necessary for one to experience all symptoms at once in order to be diagnosed with COVID-19. In fact, they may even just have one or none of the symptoms. Thus, it is important that one becomes aware of the signs and symptoms as they may hint to clues of the dangerous virus.
Though one may be experiencing these signs and symptoms, it may be difficult to assume that this is directly due to COVID-19 without actually getting tested for it. This is because these signs and symptoms also relate to other different infections and are not always associated with the coronavirus. The loss of taste or smell, however, is a very specific symptom where actually a ⅓ of the confirmed patients have mentioned that they have experienced this. With that, this symptom is more specifically geared to COVID-19 due to the fact that it rarely occurs for other infections.
Knowing the signs and symptoms is essential in order to seek immediate care in a timely fashion. Progression of the disease often relates to more common signs , including the common difficulty breathing. If you or your loved one are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed, you should seek immediate attention. Sometimes even warning signs such as blue toned lips/ face can appear as a sign of low oxygen in the body. Additionally, if a person wakes up and suddenly has a hard time breathing, or is confused about certain events, they must seek care as soon as possible as these are signs of low oxygen intake.
For more information on how to stay safe and healthy, be sure to contact the All Heart Home care team as our nurses would gladly inform you more on how you can keep you and your loved ones healthy during a pandemic.