As is known, not all patients infected with the new coronavirus respond in the same way. The vast majority of people diagnosed with the virus do not even develop any symptoms.
Even Chinese scientists suspected that there were two forms of the disease – a more severe and milder one.
Fortunately, the majority of those infected with the new coronavirus – 80 percent – have a mild form of the disease. Let’s try to figure out how to skip the onset of a dangerous disease and properly identify its symptoms.
The infection carrier is infected
The fact that infection is low in healthy adults is considered by scientists to be one of the main causes of its rapid spread. In most cases, COVID-19 is usually asymptomatic. That is, people who are not ill can become carriers of the virus. The epidemic in Germany started just like that.
How to recognize the disease
Common symptoms of COVID-19 are listed on the WHO website. Fever, cough (usually dry or with a small amount of phlegm), shortness of breath, tightness in the chest.
Occasionally, signs of an acute sinus infection or a general feeling of illness without fever are possible. In mild disease, the symptoms disappear within a week or two, in severe cases six or more weeks.
How to distinguish COVID-19 coronavirus infection from a cold
Low fever, mild headache, fatigue, sore throat, cough, muscle aches, mild colds, pallor, chills. Rarely runny nose.
How not to confuse COVID-19 with SARS or a cold
In SARS and colds, unlike COVID-19, the cough is wetter than dry and there is always a stuffy nose and runny nose. Such symptoms are mild fever and mild to moderate headaches.
How not to confuse COVID-19 with the flu
COVID-19 and flu are similar: “both cause respiratory illnesses with a wide range of options – from asymptomatic or mild to severe and death,” the WHO said. But the flu has no shortness of breath or other breathing problems, and the temperature is almost always high, unlike COVID-19.
Suspicious symptoms include any clinical manifestation of an acute respiratory viral infection, bronchitis or pneumonia in combination with an epidemiological history.
1.) In the last two weeks you have visited the countries and regions where the COVID-19 epidemic is;
2.) Contacts in the last 14 days with people with COVID-19 or with those who have been laboratory confirmed with this diagnosis;
3.) Close contacts during the last 14 days with persons under observation in connection with the new coronavirus;
In each of these cases, even with mild symptoms of the common cold, they should consult their physician over the phone and not treat themselves.
Unusual symptoms of COVID-19 in Germany
German virologist Hendrick Strik, who monitors almost all cases of COVID-19 in Germany, shared his personal experience in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. According to the specialist, a typical patient with COVID-19 has only mild symptoms. Dry annoying cough and mild fever are common, with 30 percent of those infected with diarrhea.
There were also very unusual signs: about two-thirds of the patients reported a disorder of smell and taste. For several days, they have recorded strange sensations. This suggests that in patients from Germany, the SARS-CoV-2 virus not only penetrates the lungs but also into the gastrointestinal tract.