The signs and symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19 have evolved as the pandemic continues to spread and more is learned about the virus. The Doctors share all the health issues that have been linked to this possibly deadly infection.
According to The CDC and other reports, people infected have ranged from having little or no symptoms (which may appear 2-14 days after exposure) to others who have become severely ill. Coronavirus/COVID-19 symptoms can include:
Loss of appetite (usually an early sign)
Loss of smell and taste (usually an early sign) - Find out how to easily test if your sense of smell has been affected
Digestive issues like diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting (usually an early sign)
Red itchy eyes or "pink eye" (usually an early sign)
Fever (Advanced sign)
Cough (advanced sign)
Shortness of breath (advanced sign) - Still smoking? Find out why coronavirus is a great reason to finally quit
Chills and aching body
Headache, sore throat, congestion
You might be wondering when you should seek out medical attention for coronavirus? The CDC says, "If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately." and lists the emergency warning signs as:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
The CDC stresses, "This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning."
The best way to prevent infection is by avoiding being exposed and The Doctors urge everyone to take these preventive actions to stop the spread of the virus:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not accessible - Find out how to care for your overwashed hands
- Practice social distancing at all times when in public - Find out safety tips for leaving the house
- Wear a facemask when in public, especially crowded areas like times when you need to go to the store - Find out how to properly wear a mask
- Shelter in place as often as possible in order to limit your exposure
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Minimize or avoid exposure to sick people - Find out how to isolate if someone in your household has COVID-19
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of the tissue
- Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects that are often handled, touched - Find out cleaning tips for viruses
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*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.