The coronavirus arrived in Argentina. On Tuesday, health authorities confirmed that a patient contracted the virus after presenting different symptoms.
In this context, What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
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The World Health Organization (WHO) describes that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some patients may have pains, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and appear gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and are not feeling bad.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without the need for any special treatment. About one in six people who contract COVID-19 develops a serious illness and has trouble breathing. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop a serious illness. Around 2% of people who have contracted the disease have died. People who have a fever, cough and shortness of breath should seek medical attention.
How is Covid-19 transmitted?
The virus could have been transmitted originally by direct contact between animals and humans (zoonosis), simply by air. It has been confirmed that the new coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person.
The disease is transmitted from an infected person to others through the air, by coughing and sneezing, by touching or shaking the hand of a sick person, or by touching an object or surface contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Regarding the general recommendations to prevent respiratory viruses – which include the new COVID-19 coronavirus – they recommended washing their hands frequently, especially before eating food, drinks, and after coming into contact with surfaces in public areas; when coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with the elbow fold and then wash your hands and finally avoid direct contact with people who have respiratory diseases.
What are the WHO recommendations to prevent the spread of Covid-19?
-Wash your hands well.
-Clean surfaces regularly.
-Inform about the coronavirus.
-Avoid traveling if the person has a fever or cough.
-The virus has a higher mortality rate in people over 60 years and with a pre-existing disease, so it is important to stay at home and not stay in places where many people concentrate, so as not to expose themselves to infection.
-Before any decay and feverish or coughing symptoms, it is important to go to the doctor and explain where he was or with whom in the last hours or days.
-It is important isolation before any symptoms, to avoid infecting family, friends or co-workers. If this is not possible, avoid sharing the same utensils and cutlery to eat, disinfect the enclosed spaces such as bathrooms and rooms and keep as far away as possible from other people.
-The coronavirus is a virus that mainly affects the respiratory tract. Therefore, if you have difficulty breathing or coughing, you should consult your doctor.
-Different governments and health agencies stress the importance of not being afraid or panicking, especially if you live in a country where the virus is circulating.
-If you cough or sneeze, do it with the fold of the arm.
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