Symptoms Of Coronavirus: Here's All You Need To Know And What Doctors Say You Should Do

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The novel Coronavirus outbreak (COVID19) which has affected more than 91,000 people worldwide has caused a scare-like situation globally

Written By Ananya Varma | Mumbai | Updated On:

The novel Coronavirus outbreak (COVID19) which has affected more than 91,000 people worldwide has caused a scare-like situation globally. With its epicenter in Wuhan, it has slowly spread to over 60 countries worldwide causing over 3,000 deaths. Although a person encountering Coronavirus will experience nothing worse than seasonal flu symptoms, with new cases cropping up in India, here are all the signs and symptoms you need to know. 

Read: Coronavirus Outbreak: How Dangerous Is It? Signs, Symptoms And Treatments Of The Disease

Signs and Symptoms 

The Coronavirus cause respiratory tract infections like pneumonia. Its accompanying symptoms include fever, cough, cold and can even escalate to breathing difficulties. Milder symptoms could be a runny nose, headache or just a sore throat. 

The symptoms are said to appear 2-14 days after the individual has caught the infection. The infection is communicable and can be transmitted by another person's sneezing or coughing.

In cases of viral pneumonia, antibiotics do not work. There is no medicated treatment or drugs for the disease. The only treatment that can be given is putting the patient on a ventilator and ensuring enough oxygen supply reaches the lungs. The patient is also made to drink lots of fluids to push out the infection from the system. There is no need for any other medicine as the body can recuperate from the infection on its own.

Read: Air India Confirms Coronavirus Case On Feb 25 Vienna-Delhi Flight, Advises Passengers

What to do:

  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between you and someone who is coughing 
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, immediately consult a doctor 
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with a flexed elbow 
  • Frequently wash your hands after coughing or sneezing 
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or till you finish singing the Happy Birthday song twice

What to not do:

  • Don't cough on someone's face 
  • Avoid close contact when you are experiencing coughing or fever
  • Avoid spitting in public 
  • Avoid international travel to countries where chances of contraction is higher

Read: Pulmonologist Dr. Jalil Parkar Busts Myths Surrounding Coronavirus, Advises Precautions

PM warns against panic

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an extensive review pertaining to the preparedness on the novel coronavirus front. He revealed that different ministries and states were working together from screening people to providing immediate medical help. 

Read: Coronavirus: Centre Advises Citizens To Refrain From Travelling To Affected Countries

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