What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. A study from China also suggests that a significant proportion of coronavirus patients experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea before respiratory symptoms begin. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these symptoms typically follow gradually.
What is the incubation period of Coronavirus?
The incubation period of coronavirus, before symptoms start to show, ranges between 2-14 days, however the median is 5.1 days. If you’ve been close to someone who has displayed coronavirus symptoms or has been diagnosed as such, the most sensible thing to do is to self-quarantine for at least 2 weeks.
What should I do if I have a fever or a dry cough?
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, isolate yourself from others immediately and call your doctor. If you are older or have underlying medical conditions, it’s all the more important to call your doctor. According to the CDC, you should do so even if you have only mild symptoms. Before you go to your doctor’s office, you should call ahead so that the medical staff can take suitable measures and be ready to help you without exposing others. You should also wear a mask if you have symptoms and are going in for testing.
How are the tests for Coronavirus carried out?
If your doctor determines you should be tested, you can expect a nasopharyngeal swab, where a tiny Q-tip is inserted into your nose The test is slightly invasive however it doesn’t hurt. It’s then sent to a lab for polymerase chain reaction, which looks for specific genetic material within the virus if any.
How long it takes to get the Coronavirus test results?
The timefrme varies depending on where you are from, however in the US it’s currently taking a few days.
How much does the Coronavirus test cost?
The test for Coronavirus is currently estimated at $1,331, however the CDC has committed to covering the cost of testing for all Americans regardless of insurance status. It is not yet clear how and when CDC will put that commitment into practice. In the UK, thanks to the publicly funded National Health Service (NHS), the testing will be free for all.
How will insurers deal with Coronavirus treatment?
At present, about 1,000 insurers have announced waiver of the Coronavirus treatment fees. Some states like New York have announced they will waive cost sharing for the Coronavirus tests.
How can I take care of myself at home?
Taking care of yourself while staying at home in isolation is manageable and similar to other upper respiratory infections. Over-the-counter medications, like cough suppressants, can help reduce coughing fits while expectorants can help you cough stuff up. Pain killers and fever reducers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help with muscle aches and reduce fevers.
It was recently reported that France’s health minister has warned against using anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen and cortisone stating that they could aggravate the illness. Other scientists, however, are sceptical due to lack of evidence.
If you’re feeling congestion, try a hot shower or steam and get good sleep. As per CDC “drinking enough water every day is generally good for your overall health.”
Whilst you look after yourself, please ignore misinformation about baseless home remedies like holding your breath without coughing and keeping your mouth moist.
When should I seek medical care for Coronavirus?
You must closely monitor progression in your symptoms. Generally, a low-grade fever is less than 100.4, but older people are generally less likely to mount a fever response. The main thing to watch for is symptoms getting worse. For instance, if you had a mild cough but start to have prolonged bouts, or if starts to hurt when you cough, you must call your doctor.
If you have difficultly breathing, shortness of breath, persistent pain or chest pressure, an onset of confusion or the inability to stay awake, and bluish lips or face, the CDC says that you should seek medical attention immediately. If you do decide to go to the hospital, make sure to call ahead so the hospital can make arrangements to admit you without exposing others. Wear a mask if you have one.
Is there a treatment for Coronovirus?
There’s currently no treatment for Covid-19 Coronavirus. An antiviral drug called Remdesivir is in clinical trials however doctors are limited to providing supportive care such as supplemental oxygen.
Is there any Coronavirus support available for my job or business?
Rocket Domains have listed the steps you can take to minimise business disruption caused by Coronavirus and get help from the Government.