The importance of understanding the symptoms of Coronavirus?

In order to contain the Coronavirus better, we need to know the virus from an in-depth perspective. This is important to contain Coronavirus although we are not medical personnel.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? According to WHO, symptoms of Coronavirus involved:-

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhea, nausea or a runny nose.
The Death Rate of Coronavirus of Age 70-79 is reported to be 8%. Source: Worldometer

According to Worldometer, the death rate of Coronavirus is reported at 12% as of today.

And according to the statistics figures in Statnews, the death rate of people age 85 and older is about 10 to 27%.

People age 65 to 74, it is about 2.7% to 4.9% death rate.

People age 20 to 44, it is about 0.1 to 0.2% death rate.

It seems that the death rate for the older population is relatively high, but the death rate at a younger age is also worrying. We urge that it is all human beings’ duty to understand how contagious and serious Coronavirus can be. Thus, we can fight until the end of the novel virus outbreak.

Most of the outbreaks of Coronavirus were due to unprotective measures and patients were not aware that they carried Coronavirus until they are tested positive.

The symptoms that were concluded in Worldometer were:-

People with COVID-19 have had common symptoms include fever and cough. Symptoms may appear 2 days or up to 2 weeks once infected by breathing in the coronavirus.

According to the Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH), older people and those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension are more vulnerable to COVID-19. It is found that this high-risk group of people may experience more severe symptoms, often including pneumonia, chest tightness, persistent pain in the chest, and breathing difficulties.

In the early stages, most people seems to have feveralong with a dry cough.

By a week, the people may have shortness of breath, with about 20% of patients admitted to hospital treatment.

Primarily, the signs of runny nose, sneezing, or sore throat seems to be uncommon in COVID-19 infection, it is present in only about 5% of patients. For those with the symptoms of throat ache, stuffy nose, and sneezing, it might resemble the signs of a cold. Nevertheless, if the symptoms persist and additional symptoms arise, then it is a signal that one should see a doctor.

Some case studies that we can see a major outbreak every country should learn are as follow:-

Coronavirus cases with mild fever

A woman in her 70s, in Japan:

  • Day 1: 38°C fever for a short period of time
  • Day 2-3: went on a bus trip
  • Day 5: seek medical attention
  • Day 6: observed pneumonia symptoms

A woman in her 40s, in Japan:

  • Day 1: body temperature slightly elevated
  • Day 2: 38°C fever
  • Day 6: self-treat at home.

From the above cases, we discover that the cause of a major outbreak of Coronavirus could be mild symptoms that many people are not aware of how dangerous the Coronavirus can be.

We strongly urge anyone with a mild fever of 38 degrees Celcius should not presume that they are not serious or they do not carry Coronavirus. Donning a mask and strict self-quarantine should be carried out for any mild fever patients. If you have any suspicious symptoms, consult a doctor and let the doctor evaluate you properly. Prevention is far better than an outbreak that will go uncontrolled.

Coronavirus case without any symptoms

Coronavirus cases have sometimes been hard to detect. There was one 20-year-old girl from Wuhan infected 5 relatives without any symptoms too as reported in the Straits Times.

There were more Coronavirus cases that went on spreading without symptoms. However, mass testing can be carried out to test more people in bringing the epidemic under control.

“It’s becoming clearer that spread of Covid-19 by people who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic may be responsible for more transmission than previously thought; making control of the virus more difficult,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the US Food and Drug Administration, said in a Twitter post earlier this month.

References:-

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_3

https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-new-age-analysis-of-risk-confirms-young-adults-not-invincible/

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-age-sex-demographics/

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/wuhan-woman-with-no-symptoms-infects-five-relatives-with-coronavirus-study

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/wuhan-woman-with-no-symptoms-infects-five-relatives-with-coronavirus-study

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/05/589545/elderly-chronically-ill-comprise-most-covid-19-deaths-malaysia

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/coronavirus-cases-without-symptoms-spur-call-for-wider-tests

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