As we all know every second person in India experiencing the COVID symptoms either the test is positive or negative. The reason is if someone’s COVID report is positive then he might feel symptoms like fever, mild throat problem or he might not feel it. But when it comes to the COVID19 negative report, people still feel the same symptoms as the covid positive patient. Are you scratching your mind about why it is happening? Let me tell you everything about the covid19 symptoms but before we discuss the symptoms of covid19 that are most common, less common, severe symptoms among Indians:
The most common symptoms of COVID-19
- Dry cough
The symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients
- Loss of taste or smell,
- Nasal congestion,
- Sore throat,
- Muscle or joint pain,
- Different types of skin rash,
- Nausea or vomiting,
- Chills or dizziness.
The Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease
- Shortness of breath,
- Loss of appetite,
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
- High temperature (above 38 °C).
Other less common symptoms are:
- Reduced consciousness,
- Sleep disorders
More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium, and nerve damage.
Therefore, people of all ages who experienced or presently feeling fever and/or cough associated with difficult breathing, chest pain or pressure, or loss of speech or movement should consult a doctor immediately. If you can’t visit a doctor, you can call them at your place and start your treatment. Besides, you can also cure COVID at home by having Kadha for immunity booster.
How long does it take to develop symptoms?
Normally, the average time that takes to develop the COVID-19 symptoms that begin generally takes 5-6 days and can also range from 1-14 days. So basically it depends upon the immunity of a person. Some people are internally healthy and their bodies can fight viruses. So that’s why those who have been experiencing the symptoms are advised to remain at home and stay away from others, for 14 days, just in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
What happens to people who get COVID-19?
Anyone who develops covid symptoms recovered, that means (about 80%) covid patients recovered from this disease without admitting to hospital. therefore around 15% become seriously ill and require artificial oxygen and out of that 5% become critically ill and need intensive care.
When it comes to death cases due to covid19, there are some deadly complications that may include respiratory failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), septic shock and sepsis, multiorgan failure, including problems that affect to heart, liver, or kidneys.
How can we protect others and ourselves if we don’t know who is infected?
Either the person is experiencing symptoms or not but for the safe side, one should take some simple precautions, such as:
- physical distancing,
- wearing a mask,
- keeping rooms well ventilated,
- avoiding crowds and close contact,
- regularly cleaning your hands, and
- Coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.
- Do it all to keep yourself and others healthy!!!
When should I Get a test for COVID-19?
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms should be tested as soon as possible just to prevent the spread of the virus. Moreover, people with no symptoms but had close contact with someone who is, or maybe, infected may also consider testing. Then you need to contact your local health guidelines and follow their guidance.
If you get the covid test, till then you should remain isolated from others while waiting for test results. In India there are some places where testing and vaccine capacity is limited; tests should first be done for those at higher risk of infection, such as health workers. Moreover people at higher risk of severe illness like aged people, especially those living in with grandparents.
What test should I get to see if I have COVID-19?
If you get infected with coronavirus, there is a molecular test that is made to detect SARS-CoV-2 and confirm infection. In India, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the most commonly used molecular test in India. In this test, samples of patients are collected from the nose or throat with a swab. Molecular tests help in identifying the virus in the collected sample by amplifying viral genetic material to detectable levels. Just because of this reason, a molecular test is used to test the infection in the body within a few days of exposure and around the time that you start experiencing symptoms.
What about Rapid Tests?
Rapid antigen tests (sometimes known as a rapid diagnostic test – RDT) and usually measure viral antigens, which are substances that tell your body to produce an immune in, return to infection. In the rapid test, again samples are collected from the nose and/or throat with a swab. In addition, this is much cheaper than PCR and also offers results more quickly but people some people don’t find it accurate. These tests are best when it comes to more viruses circulating among people and when sampled from an individual during the time they are most infectious.
Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating COVID-19?
One of the biggest misconceptions among people that Antibiotics can work against viruses. But no they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 infection cannot be cured with antibiotics, so never recommend anyone for antibiotics. In addition, if someone gets tested negative, he can get treat their problem with antibiotics, not covid patients. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
In Indian hospitals, physicians sometimes recommend antibiotics to treat bacterial infections which can be a complication of COVID-19 in severely ill patients. Before getting a prescription from a doctor, don’t take antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
Yes, there are now several vaccines that are in use. To date, India has administered around 160 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine. In April, it approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for use and the slot of first vaccine doses arrived at the start of May, although it has not yet been deployed.
When it comes to getting an idea of how many people in India got a complete covid-19 dose, it is only 30 million people that have completed two doses of a Covid vaccine, government data shows. India has a huge populated country and that’s a small number (just over 2%%) of India’s total population of 1.3 billion people. In addition, around a quarter of total Indians are under 15 years old and, as such, are not eligible for a vaccine yet.
So from May 1, 2021, people 18 years or over are eligible for a Covid vaccine although this expansion of the vaccination program has been hampered given the shortages of doses that have been reported throughout the country by national media.