There has been a lot of misinformation revolving around Coronavirus, and people are still not clear if they need to wear masks or should go to a doctor at all or not. The outbreak is a pandemic where except Antarctica; every country is now in its grip. A virus that spread from China has now engulfed the rest of the world. But, the question is that should you be scared?
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19 belongs to the family of Coronavirus. It is the new form, and its earlier forms are SARS-Cov (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) & MERS-Cov (Middle East respiratory syndrome) that first came in existence in the year 1993 & later in 2012. Covid-19 is a similar virus that hits the lungs and causes symptoms like that of acute bronchitis. It hits the respiratory tract, lungs, and makes it difficult for the person to breathe as the lungs cannot expand.
Symptoms of Coronavirus:
Now, that we know what exactly is Covid-19, let us study the symptoms in detail. Covid-19 symptoms are similar to a normal cold or flu. If one gets hit by Coronavirus, it will get difficult to recognize whether one has it or not. By the time, if one realizes, that time it may be too late already. Know the symptoms to protect yourself, and others as COVID-19 is highly communicable.
Fever: A person with COVID-19 will have a mild fever initially and then the fever will rise. At all times, the fever will stay and if one feels that the fever is not normalizing, get medical attention immediately.
Cough: A dry cough is a symptom of Coronavirus. If one experiences dry cough, and if the pain doesn’t settle within a day or two, after taking normal medication or doing gargles, it can be that a person is suffering from Coronavirus instead.
Difficulty in breathing: Initially, the breathing will be pretty much normal but within a day or two a person will experience difficulty in breathing. Taking short breaths or feeling a little discomfort is the sign of Coronavirus infection. Observe breathing more often and if you feel that it is not stabilizing, then you need to see a doctor.
Fatigue: One will feel tired and will want to lie down all day. A person infected with Coronavirus will feel like sleeping or not doing anything. Also, the body will feel uneasy and ache similar to the condition when one experiences flu or cold. But another symptom is a pain in the joints. So if you feel tired and not feel like doing anything and also developing pain in your joints, you must seek the medical attention quickly.
The symptoms are normal like flu or cold but the intensity will be higher and very quickly it will increase. If instead of getting better as the day passes by, you are feeling worse, then do not hesitate to take a doctor’s opinion.
Stages of Coronavirus:
The virus develops in some 2 to 10 days of time and as the day progress, the condition starts becoming critical.
Your activity is pretty much normal. You do not feel any pain or feverish. No runny nose and no headache. You will eat normal and do the rest of the chores like you usually do. The only difference that one may feel is in their throat. There will be some itch or a little irritation.
On the second day, you will face some minor to negligible complications. There will be growling of the stomach and feeling of nausea but at a very brim level. There will not be any problem eating or carrying out daily routines, but the itchiness in the throat will increase by 10 percent.
Fatigue, feeling of nausea and runny nose will develop. One will feel as if they have caught the flu. You will not feel like getting up from the bed and some problems in breathing will be experienced. Your body will start to feel a little weak. But, there will be no problem in consuming food. You will be hungry like normal.
Day #4 to #6
Research has shown that days 4, 5 & 6 are intensive and people start to feel pain in joints. On the fourth day, you will feel some pain in your knee, elbow or shoulder region. As the days progress, the pain in the joints will become intense. Also, the hands and fingers will be at unease. You will feel as if your whole body is in pain and you don’t want to move anything but just lie down all day. There will be a lot of pain in the throat and swallowing the food will become difficult. One can experience swelling in the neck region and may be unable to open mouth properly. Fatigue, loss of concentration, unable to think properly, feeling chills quite often, and lack of energy will kick in at this stage.
Day #7 to #10
At this stage, things will get intensively serious. A person will not be able to breathe properly and may require oxygen cylinders to breathe. Putting a person on ventilators will be an ideal option for those who cannot cope up. Usually, people with weak immune systems or already dealing with health issues will not be able to withstand the Coronavirus on their own. For those who cannot cope up, they will require medical help and they should get it as soon as possible during the early stages. As the days will pass by the person will feel seriously ill.
Effects on Body Due to Coronavirus
The person who is infected with Coronavirus will suffer from high inflammation in the body as in the case of pneumonia. This comes at the critical stage when the virus stays in the body for about 7 to 8 days and slowly the lungs will swell up so much that there will be little tiny sacs of air left to breathe. A person cannot inhale or exhale properly and will require the help of ventilators to breathe properly.
The body’s immune system overreacts which makes the activity inside the body quite fast. As a result, the effect of the activity is seen on every organ of the body which makes a person feel tired out. When the body sends chemical signals, the reactions take place all over the body which causes inflammation. As soon as the Coronavirus hits and starts developing inside, the body tried to eliminate and get rid of the virus by creating chemicals that will work as antibodies against the virus. But, this causes a severe effect on the body. Inflammation of nerves and body parts happen. Lungs too get inflamed further making it difficult for the person to breathe.
It is like the body goes in a condition of panic where it is fighting to kill the virus inside. Our immune system will work against the spread and if the person as no underlying disease, then the work of the immune system becomes better. It can focus on only fighting the virus and is better able to stay endure and become strong. Our body can fight the virus if we have a strong immune system. This is the reason that most people with 65 or above age are more at risk than the young. Usually, by that age, we develop some kind of medical condition like heart problems, diabetes, etc. When a person already has such conditions to deal with, and on top of it, if the body has to fight with the virus, it will get trickier.
But, nonetheless one can recover. Exceptions are everywhere and in one such shocking case, a 101-year-old man recovered in Italy after being hospitalized.
Do not panic!
At the beginning of the article, we asked if one should be scared or not. The answer is that one does not necessarily have to panic from the virus. Yes, one needs to be aware and be mindful in taking precautions by properly following who guidelines.
Practicing respiratory hygiene, washing hands frequently and maintaining distance up to 1 meter will help curb the virus considerably. Do not get paranoid or fearful. Be aware and follow the guidelines by WHO. If you follow, then the possibility of catching the virus becomes negligible. You will stay safe and so will be you, family members. The virus is highly communicable from person to person, so you need to practice hygiene not only for yourself but also for your near and dears.
80 percent of the people recover themselves from the Coronavirus if they have a strong immune system. If one does not have any underlying disease, body issues or weak immune system, then one can fight the virus. Taking medical aid is advisory, but if you can nurture yourself by drinking fruit juices, a lot of water, keeping throat clean by regular gargling, nose tract clean by rinsing it twice a day, you will be safe and eliminate the possibility of the virus from spreading.
Stay home, practice optimism, be mindful and let the fears out! Stay observant and indulge in fun activities at home with your family members. Divert your mind and do productive things. It will help you grow and make you are better prepared to practice hygiene and take precautions. A mind that is at peace is less likely to make mistakes than the state when we are in a panic. So keep your mind at ease and do not be afraid. We can overcome this virus together! The power lies in all of us!