During and After this holiday season, know the Symptoms of COVID-19

U.S. leads world in the daily average number of new deaths reported accounting for one in every 14 deaths reported worldwide each day. (Reuters)

The United States population is equivalent to 4.25% of the total world population. The U.S.A. ranks number 3 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

There is considerable concern by public health authorities that between the family holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, there will be a surge in COVID-19 cases. With the coming of winter weather, more people are indoors as well, further complicating the contagion scenario. Adding to the problem, many that test positive for COVID-19 are not paying attention to quarantine and isolation guidelines as they promised health authorities. The problem is worse with people exposed to those tested positive, who fail to take the guidance seriously and still engage in socializing and non-essential activities within the community.

Most common symptoms:

  • fever.
  • dry cough.
  • tiredness.

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains.
  • sore throat.
  • diarrhea.
  • conjunctivitis.
  • headache.
  • loss of taste or smell.
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • chest pain or pressure.
  • loss of speech or movement.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms.  Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.

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