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Symptoms of Coronavirus

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Symptoms of Coronavirus




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  • An outbreak of the coronavirus now called COVID-19 in China is causing global concern it came from a seafood and meat market in Wuhan, China, in December it has since spread to other countries including the U.S.

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    Despite Wuhan and other Chinese cities being quarantined the COVID-19 has spread to almost 70 locations internationally in the United States COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and deaths have been reported.

    What is a coronavirus?


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    A coronavirus is a virus that is found in animals and rarely can be transmitted from animals to humans and then spread person to person in addition to COVID-19 other human coronaviruses have included:

    The MERS virus or Middle East respiratory syndrome.
    The SARS virus or severe acute respiratory syndrome which first occurred in the Guangdong province in southern China.

    What are the symptoms of a coronavirus?


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    COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe it takes 2-14 days after exposure for symptoms to develop symptoms might include:

    • fever
    • cough
    • shortness of breath

    Those with weakened immune systems may develop more serious symptoms like pneumonia or bronchitis you might never develop symptoms after being exposed to COVID-19 so far most confirmed cases are in adults but some children have been infected there is no evidence that children are at greater risk for getting the virus.

    What causes a coronavirus infection?


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    Humans first get a coronavirus from contact with animals then it can spread from human to human. Health officials do not know what animal caused COVID-19.

    The COVID-19 virus can be spread through contact with certain bodily fluids like droplets in a cough it may also be caused by touching something an infected person has touched and then touching your hand to your mouth, nose or eyes.

    How is a coronavirus diagnosed?


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    If you believe you have COVID-19 you should contact your family doctor immediately before going to the doctor’s office call with your concerns this will allow the office to collect information and offer you guidance on next steps to diagnose you your doctor might run tests to rule out other common infections. In some cases your doctor may suggest you self-isolate to prevent the spread of infection. The FDA has also seen unauthorized fraudulent test kits for COVID-19 being sold online currently the only way to be tested for COVID-19 is to talk to your family doctor.

    Can a coronavirus be prevented or avoided?


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    Practice social distancing. Avoid people who are sick or meeting in large groups stay home if you are sick cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow do not cough into your hands.

    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing if soap and water are not readily available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

    Coronavirus treatment


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    There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 symptoms of a coronavirus usually go away on their own if symptoms feel worse than a common cold, contact your doctor he or she might prescribe pain or fever medication the FDA is currently advising people to be cautious of websites and stores selling products that claim to prevent treat or cure COVID-19. Additionally do not take any form of chloroquine unless it has been prescribed for you by your family doctor and purchased from a legitimate source.

    As with a cold or the flu drink fluids and get plenty of rest if you are having trouble breathing seek immediate medical care.

    Living with a coronavirus


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    When possible, avoid contact with others when you are sick if you have COVID-19 wear a facemask to prevent spreading the virus to others the CDC does not recommend wearing a mask if you do not have COVID-19.

    Questions to ask your doctor

    • What can I do to prevent my friends and family from getting the COVID-19?
    • What over the counter medicines work best for my symptoms?
    • Am I at risk of complications because of COVID-19?
    • What should I watch for that could mean there are complications?

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