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Symptoms of Coronavirus, Causes, and Preventive Measure

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Symptoms of Coronavirus

Symptoms of Coronavirus

People infected with the coronavirus can spread it easily, even if they’re not yet experiencing severe symptoms of the disease, according to virologists watching the pandemic unfold in Europe.

The NYPost report states that digestive issues like diarrhea could be the first sign of the coronavirus for many patients, a new study says.

It was understood that nearly half of the virus patients admitted to the hospital in the central Chinese province of Hubei, where the outbreak occurred, complained of digestive issues, according to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology on Wednesday. Researchers found that almost half — 48.5% — of the 204 patients in the study said their “chief complaint” was digestive issues, such as diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Other symptoms can include:

  • Tiredness
  • Aches
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

What should i do if feel the symptoms

Contact your doctor or clinic right away if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or you live in or have traveled from an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19 as determined by CDC and WHO. Call your doctor ahead to tell him or her about your symptoms and recent travels and possible exposure before you go to your appointment.

How does it spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Preventive measure

Wash your hands often: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Stay home if you’re sick: Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care

Cover coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Clean regularly and disinfect: Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Causes of Coronavirus

It has not been proven how contagious the new coronavirus is. It appears to spread from person to person among those in close contact. It may be spread by respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes. It may also be spread if a person touches a surface with the virus on it and then touches his or her mouth, nose or eyes.

WHO report

Total cases globally: 258,412
Deaths: 11,277

Africa now have more than 700 cases 

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