Things you should know about the coronavirus, covid-19 

Infectious diseases can put you and those around you at risk. Some diseases can be stronger than others. It is important to understand how to deal with them, as well as understand what makes them a threat. 

Recently, a disease called the “COVID-19” is an infectious disease caused by a virus known as the “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV2) which can cause illness to humans and animals. Animal coronaviruses will rarely affect humans, however, when they do, they have the potential to create epidemics, a situation we are currently facing. The virus stems from a family of viruses known as coronaviruses. They can cause respiratory problems which interfere with breathing patterns, from your nose to lungs. Less severe cases can be a common cold.

Sometimes, someone can be infected with the virus and not experience any symptoms

In order to ensure your safety, it is critical to understand the most common symptoms as well as their differences from mundane illnesses. The main signs of sickness are feelings of fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some people might feel more less common symptoms such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. 

Mild to severe cases of COVID-19 can involve a high fever of 38º C (100.4º F). In these more extreme cases one might also experience difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and dry cough. 

In these illnesses, symptoms might be mild at first, and gradually worsen. If you have difficulty breathing, and intensified symptoms it is important that you call your current doctor or closest hospital, arrange a solution over the phone. 

Do not go to any doctor or hospital without calling in advance! It can be helpful to know the differences between various illnesses, to comprehend what case you might have if you are not feeling well.

If you are experiencing various symptoms, you can visualize what you might be experiencing in the following chart. Remember, in these times it is crucial that you call any medical department before going in person. This will help protect medical staff, as well as those around you. The following chart is meant to be a general reference, and it is aimed to help you decide whether you might need urgent care. A doctor is the best reference to advise you what illness you might be experiencing. 


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