Risks And Symptoms Of Covid-19

Risks And Symptoms Of Covid-19

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What Are Some Common Symptoms Of Covid-19?

  • Chills or fever
  • Cough
  • Breathing difficulties or shortness of breath
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Muscle or body pains
  • Headache
  • A new loss of taste and smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion and runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What Is The Difference Between Influenza (Flu), And Covid-19, And What Are Their Similarities?

Influenza (flu), and COVID-19 both are contagious respiratory diseases. However, they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus (called SARSCoV-2) and flu is caused by influenza viruses.

The symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are very similar. Without testing, it is difficult to distinguish between the two. Different levels of flu and COVID-19 can lead to different symptoms, from mild symptoms (asymptomatic), to more severe cases. Below are some common symptoms and major differences.

The CDC provides more information on similarities between COVID-19 and flu.

What’s The Main Symptom Difference Between Covid-19 & The Flu?

COVID-19 infections can cause a new loss of taste and smell, but not the flu.

Who Is At Greatest Risk For Infection By Coronavirus Which Causes Covid-19

Although anyone can become infected by the coronavirus, fully vaccinated persons are less likely to contract it. Persons who have not been fully vaccinated and had unprotected close contacts (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes during a 24-hour period) are at highest risk. Because of the increased chance of contact with infected persons, those who aren’t fully vaccinated are more likely to contract infection in group settings such as homeless shelters, assisted-living facilities or college dormitories.

Everybody can lower the risk for themselves and others by taking these steps:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Staying at home, but isolating yourself from other people when you are sick
  • It is recommended to wear a mask when necessary
  • It is recommended to practice physical distancing and avoid crowds whenever possible
  • It is important to wash their hands frequently
  • Other Prevention Measures

What Are The Chances Of My Child Getting Sick From Covid-19?

Although children can become infected by the coronavirus, they are less likely to get COVID-19 than adults.

Children with COVID-19 usually have mild symptoms or none at all. Children with certain underlying conditions or infants younger than one year might be more at risk of severe COVID-19-related illness. A rare, but severe disease known as multisystem inflammation syndrome (MIS-C), has been linked to COVID-19.

Parents and caregivers of children can find more information at the CDC’s Children and Teens page and their COVID-19 Parental Resources.

How COVID-19 Spreads has more information on how people become sick with the virus.

What Can I Do For My Child With Covid-19 Symptoms.

These steps should be taken if your child is afflicted by COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Your child should remain at home
  • Talk to your child’s doctor about whether they should be tested for COVID-19

The Coronavirus self checker will help you determine if your child has symptoms that are COVID-19-related. This online tool can help you determine when your child should be tested or referred to a doctor.

Medi-Nurse is for those who don’t have insurance or regular doctors. 1-877-409-99052 is the free, 24-hour nurse advice line. Talk to a healthcare professional directly about your child’s symptoms. They can also provide advice on testing and treatment options in your area. You can also ask how you can apply for insurance.

It is also important to protect your self from COVID-19 when caring for your child.

Notify your child’s school or childcare provider if your child is ill. Also, inform them about the COVID-19 test results. Check the policies of your child’s childcare facility or school regarding when they can allow a child to return from illness.

Your child can return to school, childcare or other in-person activities only if they are able to be around others. Your child may need to remain home for a while if they are ill but not COVID-19.

If you have a medical emergency, dial 911 immediately or take your child to an emergency room. You should not delay in seeking emergency care for your child if you are concerned about COVID-19 spreading. To prevent you and your child getting sick from COVID-19, emergency rooms offer infection prevention plans.

These emergency warning signs should be immediately reported to emergency medical services if your child displays them.

  • Trouble breathing
  • A persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
  • Neue confusion
  • You can’t get up and stay awake if you aren’t tired
  • Bluish your lips or make-up

For any other concerns or symptoms, contact your child’s healthcare provider.

What Are The Long-Term Consequences Of Covid-19

We don’t know enough about COVID-19 because it hasn’t been around for so long. We’re learning that COVID-19 can affect many other organs than the lungs, and it can have many adverse effects on someone’s health.

Most people with COVID-19 are able to recover quickly and return to their normal health. However, there are some cases where symptoms can persist for several weeks or even months. Even people with mild to no symptoms, who aren’t hospitalized, can still experience persistent or late symptoms. Some people with long COVID experience different combinations of these symptoms.

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty in thinking or concentrating (sometimes called “brain fog”).
  • Headache
  • Persisting loss of taste or smell
  • Standing can cause dizziness
  • Heart palpitations are characterized by a fast-beating heartbeat or pounding heart.
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties or shortness of breathing
  • Cough
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Fever
  • After physical or mental activities, symptoms can get worse

COVID-19 may affect all body systems, including the heart, brain, kidneys, skin, and kidney functions. Multiorgan effects may also be caused by COVID-19. These include multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS), and autoimmune disorders. Multiorgan swelling (MIS) is a condition in which different parts of the body can become swollen. Autoimmune conditions are when your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells within your body, causing pain and swelling in the affected areas.

These effects are not yet well-known. For more information, see the Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 from the CDC.

The longer-term effects of COVID-19 hospitalization or treatment can also be a part of post-COVID conditions. These longer-term effects can be similar to those that are related to hospitalizations for other respiratory conditions or other conditions.

COVID-19 hospitalization and treatment can have a negative impact on your health. This is also known as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), or persistent effects of a critical illness. These can lead to severe weakness or post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD). PTSD is a long-term reaction to an extremely stressful event.

Can Covid-19 Patients Who Have Recovered From Their Illness Be Re-Infected?

Although reinfection is possible, it is very rare and patients will not be reinfected for several months. The duration of immunity to COVID-19 is still unknown.

Who Is The One Who Needs To Be Quarantined?

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are not fully up-to-date, you should self quarantine

Close contact means:

  • Within six feet of someone with COVID-19, you were able to observe them for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.

For travel-related recommendations, see the CDPH Tourism page.

Is Covid-19 Spreadable By Airborne Transmission?

Yes. In certain circumstances, COVID-19 can infect others more than six feet from them. Published reports indicate that there are several factors that can increase the likelihood of COVID-19 being transmitted by air.

  • In enclosed spaces that are not ventilated or have poor air handling, the concentrations of respiratory aerosols in the air can cause a buildup.
  • Inhalation of respiratory aerosols is increased by an infected person when they engage in physical exertion and raise their voice (e.g. singing, shouting, exercising).
  • These conditions are often prolonged exposure, usually for more than 15 minutes. People infected were found in the same area at the same time, or just after someone with COVID-19 left.

How Can I Protect Myself From Covid-19 And My Friends?

To prevent COVID-19 infection, it is important to get vaccinated. These steps can help you avoid getting infected with COVID-19.

  • Keep at least six feet from other when you are in an area where it is advised.
  • Use a mask to cover your nose and mouth when it’s recommended.
  • Use soap and water to wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Avoid cramped indoor spaces, and make sure indoor spaces are adequately ventilated. Good ventilation and outdoor living reduces the risk of infection.
  • When you are sick, stay at home and keep away from other people.
  • Frequently touched and regularly cleaned surfaces.

Find out more about what you can do to protect yourself and others .

Does Air Conditioning Spread Covid-19 Between Rooms?

It is not known if COVID-19 can spread indoors via air conditioning. There are many heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC)systems. A well-designed HVAC system can reduce transmission risk. Systems that filter the air and circulate it effectively make the air cleaner. Fresh outdoor air helps to reduce the amount of infectious particles. To protect against excessive heat, air conditioning may be necessary in certain areas.

What Should I Know About Wildfire Smoke And Covid-19?

Wildfire smoke and other air pollutants can cause irritation to the lungs, inflammation, weaken the immune system, and increase your chances of developing respiratory infections such as COVID-19. Wildfire smoke can also worsen COVID-19 symptoms.

Remember that wildfire smoke and COVID-19 can cause similar symptoms. These include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty in breathing

The symptoms of COVID-19 are not related to smoking. They include fever, chills, body aches and diarrhea. Contact your doctor if you suspect you might have COVID-19.

More information is available at the CDC about wildfire smoke, and COVID-19.

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