Coronavirus symptoms: Three ways to tell your cough is a sign of COVID-19

Coronavirus symptoms: Three ways to tell your cough is a sign of COVID-19

Coronavirus has haunted the UK for over four months now, altering the complexion of our lives in the process. COVID-19 may have become an all-consuming topic, yet uncertainties linger. Without nationwide testing, scores of the population are left wondering whether they have the virus or have had the virus and since recovered. 

Other main warning signs 

According to Harvard Health, other common signs include fever, body ache, fatigue, chills, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, and loss of smell.

People with COVID-19 are also experiencing neurological symptoms, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, or both, says the health site.

What constitutes neurological symptoms? 

“Specific neurological symptoms seen in people with COVID-19 include loss of smell, inability to taste, muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, dizziness, confusion, delirium, seizures, and stroke,” explains the health body.

Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain or discomfort, it adds.

What should I do if I spot mild symptoms?

“To protect others, you must stay at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19),” advises the NHS.

This is called self-isolation, a social distancing measure aimed at stemming the spread of the virus.

Can I leave my home if I’m self-isolating?

If you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus, the NHS says:

Do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask someone to deliver it to your home

Do not have visitors in your home – including friends and familyDo any exercise at home – you can use your garden, if you have one

How long must I self-isolate for?

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate for seven days,” advises the NHS.

After seven days:

  • If you do not have a high temperature, you can stop self-isolating
  • If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal

You do not need to keep self-isolating if you just have a cough after seven days, however. 

The NHS explains: “A cough can last for weeks after the infection has gone.”

If you live with someone who has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started, it adds.  


Published at Sat, 09 May 2020 07:20:00 +0000