The number of coronavirus (COVID-19)’s cases is increasing continuously which has seriously affected the world’s population and economy. Coronavirus or COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by novel coronavirus. It is spread from person to person. A person who become infected experience a wide range of symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, nausea and diarrhea. These symptoms can become severe in some people that need medical attention and hospitalization for recovery.
How you can get infected with COVID-19
You can become infected with COVID-19 through droplets when an infected person coughs sneezes or speaks. If you touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes, you can also get infected with COVID-19.
Who are at risk of getting severe illness from COVID-19
Older people or people aged 60 years and over may have more chance of having severe symptoms of COVID-19 as well as people with underlying diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, lung problems. However, anyone can become seriously ill or die from the COVID-19 infection.
How you can prevent COVID-19
Avoiding being exposed to COVID-19 virus seems to be the best way to protect yourself. You should avoid close contact with others by practicing social distancing. Social distancing means staying at least 6 feet from other people. Social distancing also means using online video and phone communication instead of in-person contact as well as wearing the mask to help prevent spread of COVID-19. Wash your hand with soap frequently for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. You are also recommended to often clean and disinfect touched surfaces.
COVID-19 versus Flu
Both flu and covid-19 are caused by a virus which spread between people in close contact. The signs and symptoms are also similar includes fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, runny nose, and nausea or vomiting. Hence, it is difficult to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 or flu, seeing a doctor and get the testing can help confirm diagnosis.