What You Should Know About COVID-19?

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a kind of virus that causes an infection in your sinuses, nose, or upper throat. In early 2020, after a December 2019 outbreak in China, it is identified SARS-CoV-2 as a new type of coronavirus. It quickly spread around the world. The COVID-19 can trigger a respiratory tract infection. The respiratory tract infection spread the same way other coronaviruses do. The infection ranges from mild to deadly. 

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Chills sometimes with shaking
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Fever 

Severe symptoms 

  • Bluish lips or face
  • Can’t wake up fully
  • New confusion
  • Ongoing chest pain or pressure
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath 

How COVID-19 Spreads?

COVID-19 mainly spreads from person-to-person. Most of the time, it spreads when a person sneezes or coughs. The person infected can spray the droplet as far as 6 feet away. If you breathe in the droplets, the virus can easily get into your body. Some people who have the virus don’t have symptoms but still, they can spread it. 

You may as well get the virus from touching a surface or object where the virus is then you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. Most viruses can live for several hours on a surface that they land on. That is why it’s important to disinfect surfaces to get rid of the virus. We can work together to lower the transmission rate by wearing face masks, washing hands often, limiting contact with other people, keeping common surfaces clean, and staying 1-2 meters away from other people.  

Can COVID-19 be transmitted through packages, groceries, or food?

You are much more likely to get the virus from another person than from packages, groceries, or food. There’s no clear evidence that anyone has gotten the disease from food or food containers. 

If you are in a high-risk group, you may stay at home and use a delivery service or a friend to shop for you. If you do your shopping, try to stay at least 6 feet away from other shoppers. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after bringing things into your home. The virus can linger on hard surfaces so as much as you can, clean and disinfect countertops, and anything else your bags have touched. 

COVID-19 Diagnosis

A swab test is the most common method. The person giving the test puts a swab up your nose to get a sample from your throat and the back of your nose. However, some areas may have rapid tests that give results in as little as 15 minutes. If there are signs of the virus, the test is positive. A negative test can mean there wasn’t enough to measure or there is no virus at all. 

A swab test can only tell whether you have the virus in your body at that moment. But, an antibody test can show whether you’ve ever been exposed to the virus even if you didn’t have symptoms.