What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

It usually starts with a (mild) fever
Cough, loss of smell and taste
Pay attention to your lungs
Quarantine within confinement
Days and days of fever
Very important: what happens between day 7 and 10
What medication can I take for coronavirus?
Fever means your body is working
Above all, stay calm
Laundry at 60 degrees
If multiple housemates are infected
Optimism
Survival rate
Eat well
Then, one day, it will be over.
Feeling better? Stay inside anyway
Stay at home
It usually starts with a (mild) fever

It usually starts with a rise in temperature: fever up to 38 or more and, much more usually, fever around 37.5. This symptom will be the most difficult to eradicate in our body's fight against the coronavirus.

Cough, loss of smell and taste

Another recurrent symptom of coronavirus is a dry cough. And in some cases you'll lose your sense of smell and taste. Later, the return of smells and tastes usually means that we have beaten the virus.

Pay attention to your lungs

It is very important to check how your lungs are doing. If you have breathing difficulties, an X-ray is essential to see if you have pneumonia. If that is the case, you may need to be admitted to hospital or take medication at home.

Quarantine within confinement

If you share your home with someone, suffering the coronavirus means you have to go into quarantine within that confinement. We have to lock ourselves into a room, wear a mask and gloves if we go out, and use a different bathroom than the rest of the inhabitants of the house if possible. You must do this until your body wins the battle against the virus.

Days and days of fever

Fever day after day. That's the coronavirus (among other things) for some who suffer from it. You can have peaks of fever that go beyond the three or four days of a normal flu. If this happens, follow the advice of your doctor - by phone or however you can - as to whether you should go to the hospital. It is not uncommon for intermittent periods of fever to last between 15 and 20 days.

Very important: what happens between day 7 and 10

While everything is new with the coronavirus, doctors have learned that you must pay attention to the symptoms between the seventh and the tenth day of your sickness. There may be a sudden worsening of you condition that requires hospital care.

What medication can I take for coronavirus?

First of all, consult your doctor. You will generally be prescribed paracetamol (or something similar) to combat the fever, headache, and fatigue. That's all there is to it.

Fever means your body is working

It is your body that has to fight the virus with no other help than your immune system. And your body is going to be used to the fullest: hence the aforementioned fever.

Above all, stay calm

Try not to think of worst case scenarios. For most people, coronavirus passes with mild symptoms. Distress is not helpful. Try to relax and watch TV, practice mindfulness, or something else to relieve stress.

Laundry at 60 degrees

When you're suffering from COVID-19, it's a good idea to wash your clothes at a high temperature to prevent them from containing the virus. Washing at 60 degrees is recommended.

If multiple housemates are infected

If one person is infected and there is another person with coronavirus in the house, the separation between the two is just as necessary as in the case of only one COVID-19 patient. Why is that? Researchers have found that the viral load can add up, worsening the condition of one or both infected individuals.

Optimism

The illness and the confinement will affect us mentally. We'll be looking hard at every sign that could be an indication of deterioration. You must remain optimistic, however. It is more common to survive than to die from the virus; even if you're hospitalized.

Survival rate

There is news every day of elderly or people with previous conditions who beat the coronavirus. So if you are not completely sick and you can stay confined to your room, you will likely beat the virus.

Eat well

In some cases, the coronavirus comes with diarrhea. Try to eat well, even when you have no sense of taste anymore. Vitamin C always helps. Don't forget that a major battle is going on in your sick body.

Then, one day, it will be over.

After 15 or 20 days, the fever, cough, or other symptoms may disappear and your sense of taste and smell will return. Does this mean we are cured? Yes, but we must remain alert. Relapses have been reported.

Feeling better? Stay inside anyway

Above all, we don't know how long we continue to infect others even after achieving immunity. We recommend another 15 days of confinement after the end of the symptoms.

Stay at home

In any case, it's essential to stay in your home. Getting the notorious infection involves anxiety, weariness, fever, and a fear of the unknown. As it lasts longer than the common flu, you should try to remain patient and, above all, brave.

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