Coronavirus Signs: What are they and should I call the doctor?
In the past few months, news all over the world has been filled with increased cases of Coronavirus. Everyone including myself has at one point worried about how we could protect ourselves from this deadly virus. In Nigeria, there are 174 cases of Coronavirus and 2 people have died from the virus. In this article, I will explain how to know if you have coronavirus and also, tell you what to do.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the signs of coronavirus start to show between 2 to 14 days. Being able to pick out these signs and act upon them when necessary is important. Here's what you need to know.
How do I Know I Have Coronavirus?
To know if you have coronavirus, you will notice the following :
Fever: If you notice your body is hotter than normal, you should check your temperature. The best time to check your temperature is late in the afternoon or early evening. When your temperature reads above 37.8C, that is a major fever sign and you should talk to a doctor.
Cough: Another sign of coronavirus is dry cough. This is not just any cough, and unlike the regular (wet) cough, the dry cough does not bring out any mucus. The dry cough can sometimes cause you to feel pain in your chest
Difficulty Breathing: This is a very serious sign of Coronavirus. Someone who has coronavirus usually finds it difficult to breathe. If your chest becomes tight and you feel like you cannot breathe or deeply take in a good amount of air, then this is a sign of coronavirus. If this is severe, you should immediately call the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on 07032864444 or 080097000010 (toll-free).
What To Do If You Have Coronavirus
If you notice you have any of the signs I have listed above, do the following:
Stay at Home till you get medical care: If you have coronavirus, you should stay at home and avoid visiting any public place or the use of public transport. The first thing you should do is contact your doctor or chat with a doctor telling them how you feel. After that, you should call the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on 07032864444 or 080097000010 (toll-free).
Separate yourself from other people in your home (Home Isolation): Try to stay away from other people. You should stay in a specific room, where no one will interact with you, use a separate bathroom and toilet if you can. This will help prevent others from contracting the virus.
Wear a face mask: If you are sick, try to wear a face mask when you are around other people, even when in the hospital. If you are having difficulty breathing, it may be uncomfortable for you to wear a face mask. Hence, the person taking care of you would have to wear a face mask instead.
Cover your mouth when you cough and your nose when you sneeze: When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose with tissue paper and dispose of it in the dustbin. Wash your hands immediately with soap and water for about 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer. It is important to wash your hands after you do the following: cough, sneeze, use the bathroom, and before eating and cooking.