COVID-19 is a respiratory condition caused by a coronavirus. Some people are infected but don’t notice any symptoms. Most people will have mild symptoms and get better on their own. But about 1 in 6 will have severe problems, such as trouble breathing. The odds of more serious symptoms are higher if you’re older or have another health condition like diabetes or heart disease.
Here’s what to look for if you think you might have COVID-19.
Researchers in China found that the most common symptoms among people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 include:
- Fever: 99%
- A dry cough: 59%
- Loss of appetite: 40%
- Body aches: 35%
- Shortness of breath: 31%
- Mucus or phlegm: 27%
Symptoms usually begin 2 to 14 days after you come into contact with the virus. They may include:
- Sore throat
- Chills, sometimes with shaking
- Loss of smell or taste
- Stuffy nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Call a doctor or hospital right away if you have one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms:
- Trouble breathing
- You have constant pain or pressure in your chest
- Bluish lips or face
- Sudden confusion
This is when you need to get medical attention. Contact your doctor’s office or hospital immediately. This should be done before you go in as there may be important instructions you need before you go.
Medical staff need to be prepared to treat you and to protect themselves before you arrive. Taking time here to do this right can make a big difference.
Here’s an inforgraphic to help demonstrate some of the info provided here. We wish you and your family a safe journey through this pandemic. We will continue to bring you as much and the best info we can find.
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