COVID-19 is the latest pandemic which has brought different countries together to fight it. A specific strain of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 causes respiratory issues, which range from mild to severe. The virus is known to have a 2-14 days incubation period but is extremely infectious during that time. This article will expand a bit out the symptoms, risk factors, diagnostic tests, coronavirus treatment and complications.
The common symptoms visible in the early stage of the virus are
- Dry cough
- Body ache and headache
- Difficulty in breathing
These symptoms can get worse and may be accompanied by
- Dizziness and disorientation
- Low Blood pressure
- Low respiratory rate
Severe cases may lead to Respiratory distress and loss of consciousness.
There are some factors which may increase the chances and severity of having coronavirus. These factors include
- Age – People above the age of 60 are at higher risk of having this virus
- Immunocompromised state with respiratory issues
- Travel history from or staying in a community with a widespread viral infection
- Close contact with a COVID-19 infected person
Complications of Coronavirus
If one does not take precautions, and treatment protocols are not followed, simple respiratory issues can turn fatal. Some complications are
- Respiratory failure
- Irregular Heart Rate
- Cardiovascular shock and Heart attack
- Multiple Organ Distress Syndrome
Incase one displays any coronavirus symptoms they should consult a doctor. Sharing complete medical and travel history is key in such a situation. Inform the doctor about symptoms and any medications.
The doctor will take a sample which can be a saliva sample, nasal swab or a throat swab for coronavirus diagnosis.
It is important to understand that one can’t get a coronavirus test without consulting a doctor first. One can also choose a tele/video consultation to rule out the symptoms of coronavirus, in case they have not been in contact with an infected individual or have no travel history to affected areas.
Websites like Credihealth have an online coronavirus screening service for coronavirus diagnosis, which can be taken by individuals from their homes. They also have designated specialists to manage individuals with coronavirus like symptoms, and offer tele and video consultations with top doctors across India.
At this point, many pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies are working on finding the right treatment for Coronavirus. No antiviral medication or injections are available exclusively for Coronavirus treatment.
Doctors are helping treat the symptoms, and medical ailments inflicted and accompanied by the viral infection. The treatment may include treatment for dry cough, body pains, respiratory issues, fluid intake and other symptoms. Coronavirus treatment may also include other antiviral and retroviral therapies, steroids, mechanical ventilation and plasma transfusion.
If the symptoms are not severe and can be managed at home, the doctor may suggest to home quarantine and provide instructions to do the same.