COVID-19 originated in a food market in Wuhan, China, around December 2019. It far-flung to many countries around the world such as the United States and affected thousands of people.
Despite the global panic in the news about this virus, you’re unlikely to contract SARS-CoV-2 unless you’ve been in contact with someone who’s confirmed to have the virus. Read on through this blog to know more about its symptoms and some safety precautions to prevent the spread of this virus.
What Are the Symptoms?
You might not easily detect its symptoms. You might carry the virus for 2 days or up to two weeks before you notice the symptoms.
Some of its common symptom that you should look out for include:
- Shortness of breath
- Having a cough that gets more severe over time
- A low-grade fever that gradually increases in temperature
Who’s at Higher Risk?
You are at risk of contracting COVID-19 if you come into contact with a person who is carrying the virus. The virus is passed through breathing in infected respiratory droplets produced when an infected person exhales, coughs, or sneezes.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth when your hands are dirty. Be sure to sanitize first.
- Don’t go out if you are feeling sick.
- Stay at least 3 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Clean objects that you touch a lot. Use disinfectants, alcohol, and sanitizers.
Following simple hygiene guidelines may help prevent you from developing this and other viruses. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, stay calm and follow your doctor’s instructions so you can recover and help prevent it from spreading.
Learn More About COVID-19
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