The world is still in the grip of the COVID-19 health crisis. A pandemic that had countries imposing emergency self-isolation or rigorous lockdown is not going to go away very soon.
Countries like New Zealand and Singapore that have always invested a large percentage of GDP in healthcare responded immediately with massive border restrictions, wide-scale testing, and contact tracing can today report a flattened curve with high recovery rates. But the picture looks grim for other countries.
Unlock 1.0 in India
The lockdown in India had to be lifted and travel restrictions eased to bolster a slumping economy. This has once again escalated transmission rates. At this moment, it is crucial for us to be familiar with all the symptoms of this disease so that we can take prompt action to protect ourselves.
Traditional symptoms of COVID-19
Like with all diseases, only when you know the symptoms of an illness, will you be able to take the right action at the right time. COVID-19 virus has an incubation period of 12-14 days. This means, within 2 weeks of exposure, you might experience-
- Body and muscle ache
- Dry coughing
- Breathing trouble
- Sore throat
Are there any new symptoms of coronavirus?
There is no clear evidence that the virus has mutated to become more dangerous and produce newer symptoms in humans. That usually happens when a virus or bacteria needs to immunize itself against a vaccine or medicine. For coronavirus, there is no mutation so far.
However, there are some less common symptoms of coronavirus that not many people know of. Unless they do, they might not seek medical help. The symptoms are –
- Extreme fatigue
- Chills with fever
- Runny nose
- Loss of taste or smell
Preventive measures are still our best chances of halting the progress of the disease. We have to consciously adopt a few measures to keep our families and ourselves safe-
1. Wear A Mask
Masks are indispensable. Wear one whenever you go out, for shopping or work. Wash it when you come home. Make sure you always wear your own mask and it has to be dry.
2. Disinfect everything
Wash your grocery and food packets under running water. Sanitize your phone. When you enter your home, wash your bag, shoes, clothes and give yourself a shower.
3. Sanitize your work station
If you are going back to your office, sanitize your desk and equipment. Use alcohol-based sanitizer after touching elevator buttons, toilet flush, washroom door, office phone or photocopy machine, etc. Don’t go to work if you show signs of COVID-19.
4. Bring your own lunch
Do not eat at your office cafeteria. Bring your own lunch and have it at your desk.
5. No physical contact
No matter whom you meet, an old friend or a close family member, do not hug them. Do not shake hands.
6. Follow guidelines
If you are travelling by bus, airline or train, undergo thermal screening. If you are visiting malls or doctors’ clinics, allow the personnel to disinfect you.
COVID-19 is here to stay for the time being. However, with the active cooperation of every citizen, we can slow it down until there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a vaccine. Till then, follow precautions strictly to stay safe!