Coronavirus: Symptoms ranked from mild to severe – when to seek help

Coronavirus: Symptoms ranked from mild to severe – when to seek help

Coronavirus death toll has shot up over the last 24 hours, with a further 873 patients confirmed to have died. Why COVID-19 spreads more rapidly and viciously through certain regions is the subject of ongoing investigations but gaps in knowledge is bound to be a contributing factor. No one was prepared for COVID-19 so fully educating the public on the virus was always going to be a big ask considering scientists hadn’t even anticipated it.

Uncertainties surrounding when to self-isolate and when to seek help may partly account for the surging death toll.

People that should have acted on the warning signs may have brushed off their symptoms and passed their infection on to more vulnerable groups, for example.

If you are unsure as to the severity of your symptoms, health bodies have provided a rough guide that may provide some clarity.

From the information that is currently available, the symptoms can be roughly sorted into three categories: mild, severe and those that require urgent medical attention.

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Harvard Health describes severe symptoms of COVID-19 as high fever, severe cough, and shortness of breath.

According to the health body, these symptoms often indicate pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a complication of viral infections that has been prevalent in hospitalised cases of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has highlighted six emergency symptoms that require immediate medical attention.

Can I reduce my risk of catching and spreading COVID-19?

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.

The NHS says to wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.

Other hygiene tips include:

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

“Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean,” adds the health body.

Published at Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:39:00 +0000