As the novel COVID-19 continues to spread, it is important to acquaint oneself with some basic information about the virus. Understanding how the virus spread, signs and symptoms to look out for, and precautionary measures to take.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. WHO first learned of this new virus on 31 December 2019, following a report of a cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China. (Source, WHO).
The Coronaviruses are common causes of extreme colds and some other upper respiratory infections.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Most people infected by the COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms but when they do, some of the common symptoms include;
- Body ache
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
In some, it causes more severe symptoms such as;
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of smell
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- High temperature (above 38 °C)
(Source; WHO, CDC & Harvard Medical Publishing)
People infected COVID-19 have been reported to have a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may present itself between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
How to protect yourself from getting infected
Keep safe by adhering to safety precautions, such as;
- Maintaining social distancing – 6 feet apart
- Avoiding crowded gatherings
- Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth when in the public or gatherings
- Avoiding spaces that are not properly ventilated
- Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place
When is the best time to get tested for COVID-19?
Individuals experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who is, or maybe, infected by COVID-19 should get tested.
While the individual awaits the test results, they should remain isolated from others.
Get your COVID-19 testing done with Kinghaven Medical System at the rate of $150. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us on (713) 457-3200 or schedule an appointment here.