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Symptoms and Treatment of Coronavirus

Updated on March 9, 2020
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  • Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-20) 2020
  • If you are sick
  • Coronavirus
  • Healing Coronavirus
  • How coronavirus is transmitted
  • Coronavirus prevention
  • About Coronavirus

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-20) 2020

People infected with COVID-20 may have mild or no symptoms. You may not know that you have the symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-20) 2020 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

After exposure to the virus, symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear. This is the longest known infection period of the virus.


Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia in both lungs

In severe cases, infection with the virus can cause death.

If you are sick

If you have symptoms and have been to Hubei, China or have been in contact with a symptomatic person:

  • Stay at home and avoid contact with other people
  • Contact your healthcare provider

If you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within the next 14 days, contact your healthcare provider or local public health department. Tell them your symptoms and that you have traveled to Hubei Province, China. Tell them if you have had direct contact with an animal or a sick person (especially if they have symptoms).

If you are ill and must seek medical attention, please call your healthcare provider in advance or tell them on arrival that you have a respiratory illness. While waiting or receiving treatment, you may be asked to wear a mask to prevent the disease from spreading.

If you feel unwell on your way to or upon arrival in Canada, please inform the flight attendants, cruise staff, or Canadian Border Service staff. They will decide if you need further medical evaluation by quarantine staff.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus infections are diagnosed by medical staff based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory tests.


Healing Coronavirus

Currently, there is no specific treatment for most patients with coronavirus infection. Most people infected with a general coronavirus will recover on their own. Coronavirus has no vaccine so far. Your health care provider may advise you to take some relief measures.

Please consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible if:

  • You have concerns about your symptoms or
  • You have traveled to a region known to have a severe coronavirus epidemic (this link is not available in Chinese)

Flu vaccines won't protect you

Coronavirus infection is a respiratory disease, but this infection is different from the infection that causes the flu. If you get a flu shot, you can't prevent coronavirus.

The sooner you get treatment, the greater your chances of recovery.

How coronavirus is transmitted

Human coronaviruses cause nose, throat and lung infections. They are usually passed from patient to others by:

  • Respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing
  • Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touch a virus-contaminated item, then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands

Coronavirus prevention

There is currently no vaccine to protect you from human coronavirus infection.

If you have been to Hubei Province, China in the past 14 days, please limit your contact with others for 14 days, 14 days from the day you left Hubei. It means self-isolation and staying at home . Within 24 hours of arriving in Canada, please contactthe local public health department in your province or territory .

The following steps can help reduce contact with others:

  • Avoid contact with people with chronic diseases, weak immune systems and the elderly
  • Avoid letting others come to your home
  • Avoid social gatherings, work, schools, kindergartens, medical institutions, and elderly apartments
  • Restricted public transport

In general, the following suggestions can help reduce the risk of infection or passing it on to others:

  • If you are sick please stay home
  • When coughing or sneezing:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Cover your mouth and nose with your arms to reduce the spread of bacteria
    • Dispose of all used paper towels as soon as possible, then wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • If you are ill, don't visit the patient at the hospital or long-term care center

People traveling to Hubei Province should take precautionary advice .

Health care workers or humanitarian workers should use standard infection prevention and control measures when caring for potential or confirmed patients with coronavirus infection (this link is not available in Chinese). This includes wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

About Coronavirus

coronavirus (this link does not have a Chinese version) is a large class of viruses. Some cause disease in humans, while others cause disease in animals. Human coronavirus is common and is usually associated with mild disease, similar to the common cold.

Coronavirus disease 2020 (COVID-20) is a new disease that has not been previously found in humans. Animal coronaviruses rarely infect humans and rarely spread from person to person through close contact.

But two other specific coronaviruses have been transmitted from animals to humans and have caused serious human disease. They are:

  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) (This link does not have a Chinese version)
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)(This link does not have a Chinese version)

© 2020 Tezeh Collins

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      Howard Schneider 

      8 days ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent and informative Hub, Tezeh. We all need solid and accurate information regarding this virus and less of rumors and hysteria. Great job.

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      Tezeh Collins 

      8 days ago

      Thanks for reading bro

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      Mbah ndon clinton 

      8 days ago

      Is good

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      Linda F Correa 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I wish people would stop going crazy and just put some common sense to the crises. Have not figured out the business about toilet paper. People in the states have been a little silly about it. Hope this article has a long reach, It states the fact without the hysteria.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is good, common-sense information. I also think it's important to stay on a positive path and find joy in the simple things in life. Thank you.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Very well done Your specific points were understandable.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      This is certanly a very timely article as the cornavirus has now caused a pandemic and there will be no vaccine to stop this virus in the near future. You covered the symptoms very well.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Why are you calling the pandemic COVID-20? Everything I have read and heard is about COVID-19. There is enough information available without confusing people with something that is not. Perhaps you should make the correction throughout your article.

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      Tezeh Collins 

      2 weeks ago

      thanks

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      This is a useful and very relevant article.

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