RightNow Times: Some studies indicate that about 80 percent of people with the virus feel mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all, but a few others may have severe symptoms.
What is this disease? What do you do to prevent yourself from getting it?
What are the symptoms?
RightNow Times: Corona virus infects the lungs, and major symptoms appear: fever and persistent dry cough.
The British National Health Service said that “dry cough” means cortical cough, which is not accompanied by any expectoration (thick mucus).
RightNow Times: A persistent cough means a prolonged and prolonged cough for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes within 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, the situation may be worse than usual.
This also leads to shortness of breath, which is often described as severe chest tightness, difficulty breathing, or a feeling of suffocation.
RightNow Times: And the person feels fever if his temperature exceeds 37.8 degrees Celsius, as this leads to a feeling of warmth, cold or tremor.
Sore throat, headache and diarrhea have also been reported, as well as a loss of smell and taste.
It takes an average of five days for symptoms to start to develop, but some people develop it later. The World Health Organization says the incubation period is up to 14 days.
How many people did not show symptoms?
RightNow Times: A recent study published in a British medical journal indicated that 78 percent of people with coronavirus (Covid-19) show slight or no symptoms (“asymptomatic”, according to the medical designation).
The results of the study are consistent with research conducted in an Italian village that is a hotbed of disease outbreaks, and it was found that 50 percent to 75 percent of patients are asymptomatic, but they are “a great source” of infection.
What is the probability of dying from coronavirus infection?
RightNow Times: The death rate from infection with the virus appeared to be low between (one percent to 2 percent), but these figures may be unreliable and inaccurate due to the failure to report many cases of infection.
Thousands of people undergo treatment for HIV infection, but some of them may die of infection, so the death rate may become higher, and it can also become less if it is known that a large number of moderate infections have not been reported.
According to the data of 56 thousand patients, WHO indicates that:
- 80 percent have mild symptoms, such as fever and cough, and some may have pneumonia.
- 14 percent have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.
- 6 percent have serious illnesses, such as lung failure, septic shock (sepsis), organ failure, and the risk of death.
What do I do if I get symptoms?
RightNow Times: Most people with coronavirus recover after resting and relieving pain (such as taking paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen).
If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, you should consult a doctor because this may be due to a respiratory infection or another serious medical condition.
The World Health Organization says you should contact in advance and speak to a health care provider in your area because it may help you go to the right place.
When do I need to go to the hospital?
RightNow Times: Difficulty breathing is a major reason why someone needs hospital treatment.
Doctors are examining the lungs to see how they are most likely affected, and more severe cases may need to be transferred to intensive care units, specialized medical wards for the treatment of people with severe illness.
Corona virus patients receive oxygen support to help them breathe, which can include using a face mask or passing a tube in the nose.
And doctors resort to the use of a ventilator with patients with severe danger, as the device works to push air and increase oxygen levels to the lungs through a tube passed from the mouth or nose or through a small hole in the throat.
What is the most vulnerable category for infection with the virus?
RightNow Times: The elderly and those with a previous medical history (such as those with asthma, diabetes and heart disease) are the most at-risk group.
Men are also more likely to die from HIV infection than women.
The recovery period may take a few days to weeks in cases of minor injury, but if a person is transferred to the hospital, especially the intensive care unit, it may take months before the person feels recovered again.
How do I protect myself?
The best thing is to wash your hands frequently and in a comprehensive manner, preferably washing with soap and water.
RightNow Times: Corona virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes in a manner that spreads the virus-filled aerosol in the air, a person breathes, or causes infection if you touch a surface where this spray has fallen, then touches your eyes, nose, or mouth.
So it is extremely important to use tissue during coughing and sneezing, and not to touch the face with unwashed hands, while avoiding close contact with infected people.
People are a source of infection if they develop symptoms, but some may spread the virus even before illness.
Medical experts say that face masks do not provide effective protection.
RightNow Times: However, WHO is reviewing whether people can benefit from its use, because it is able to contain a spray containing the virus and prevent the risk of spreading to surfaces and infecting people.
How fast is the virus spreading?
RightNow Times: Thousands of new cases are reported daily around the world, and there is a belief that health authorities are not likely to realize many cases, and that they are not prepared to conduct infection screening tests for large numbers of people.
The virus had started to circulate in China, and soon spread to countries such as South Korea, Italy and Iran. Recently, cases were recorded in many Arab countries, along with thousands of cases in the United States and Spain.
RightNow Times: With the rapid spread of cold and influenza in the winter, some hope that the epidemic will subside as the seasons shift and temperatures rise, but scientists have not yet proven that the epidemic has been affected by heat.
Domestic isolation for those who show symptoms of the disease, or for a family member, can limit the spread of the epidemic.