What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.