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COVID-19: Overview, Symptoms, and Prevention

 

Overview of Covid-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illnesses.

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The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads.

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At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

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Covid-19 Symptoms

The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways.  It is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment.  People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.

Common symptoms include Fever, tiredness, and dry cough.

Other symptoms include: Shortness of breath, aches, and pains, sore throat, and very few people will report diarrhea, nausea, or a runny nose.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral.

 

When to Seek Medical Attention for Covid-19

If you develop emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face

 

Prevention of Covid-19

1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub.

2. Maintain at least a 1-meter distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.

3. Avoid touching your face.

4. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell.

6. Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.

7. Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

 

Source: World Health Organization  | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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