The World Health Organisation (WHO)
has released a list of symptoms that seem
to be common in patients with COVID -19.
The coronavirus symptoms:
- What You Need to Look For
The coronavirus symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.
Better the devil you know, the saying goes. I don’t think it’s meant to be applicable to pandemics, but I must say knowing what to look for helps make the coronavirus a tad less scary. At least in my books. Having a list of symptoms and a rough idea of how COVID -19 might manifest itself will make conversations with fellow spoonies and our allies a lot easier to deal with henceforth.
As this is a new disease, we can’t know every little detail about it. For now, scientists can only tell us what they have observed and compare that to other pandemics, which means that some advice we get is based on predictions. Which means it may turn out to be wrong. What we do know for a fact is that we’re dealing with a coronavirus, and although this seems to be a more aggressive variant we still know a great deal about this virus family.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now released a list of symptoms that seem to be common in patients with COVID -19. Their guidelines suggest the following symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure  to the coronavirus:
A high temperature. You feel hot to the touch on your chest or back. (No need to measure the temperature – it’s hot.)
A new, continuous cough. You have been coughing a lot for more than an hour; or you have had three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. (If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.)
Shortness of breath, fatigue and loss of taste and smell are also symptoms that have been reported by people who were diagnosed with COVID -19.
The symptoms above, as listed by the WHO, are usually mild and they begin gradually. If you experience any combination of these symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have Covid-19 or if you live in an area with an on-going COVID-spread you need to contact your health service..
Here in the UK, our National Health Service (NHS) is asking you to protect others and stay away from places like GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals if you suspect that you may have contracted COVID -19. If this is you, stay at home and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
No matter where in the world you are, do not call 111 (or 999 or whatever number you call for emergencies where you are) if you can get help through dedicated online coronavirus services. Now more than ever we need to be mindful and consider that “every little helps.” We can all do something to help support our front line workers and those who keep them going. We can all do something to protect our loved ones, and our communities, by taking control of our own actions.
You are not alone!
I know it’s easy to feel lonely and frightened right now, but you are not alone. As spoonies, we are experts in many of the areas that will prove vital to cope with quarantines, shielding, social distancing, food shortages, painful conditions etc.
You’ve got this!
We know how to batten down the hatches and take cover in a storm. And this time, we will do it together. We’ll show them the true meaning of herd mentality and look out for our own. Protecting, encouraging and uplifting each other.
We can do this!
Hang in there, my friend, and let us know how you are getting on.
- Not all people who are infected display symptoms. It is possible to carry the virus, and to infect others, without having any symptoms or feeling ill.
- Sources: NHS 111 online, Gov.uk and WHO.
- I am not a doctor. If you have any symptoms or concerns, you need to seek medical advice from your local health service.
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