Unlike other diseases, COVID-19 can be extremely tricky to locate. Considering the wide range of symptoms it accommodates and people showing mild to no symptoms at all, it can be much more difficult to detect the same on time. With the new coronavirus mutations looming over our heads, it becomes all the more important to stay vigilant and on guard so as to contain the spread of the virus. While most common symptoms of COVID-19 can be treated at home, here are a few emergency signs of COVID that require immediate medical attention.
How dangerous is the new COVID variant?The new coronavirus variant that was first identified in the south-east of England is said to cause one or more changes in the virus's spike protein. According to the UK scientists, the mutant virus, named “VUI 202012/01” and lineage B.1.1.7, includes a genetic mutation in the “spike” protein that could be the cause of immediate and easy spread of the virus amongst people.
Reports have suggested that the mutant virus may be more infectious than the original strain, considering the recent rise in the number of COVID cases in England. Besides that, the new UK strain is said to have a higher than ever mortality rate. Young people, apart from the high-risk groups are now at risk too.
What are the most classic symptoms?
With the onset of the novel coronavirus, people have been experiencing different and varied ranges of symptoms. Although the list has continued to increase and expand, the most common symptoms remain to be the same. That said, here are some classic symptoms of COVID-19 to watch out for.
- Dry cough- Sore throat
- Runny and stuffy nose
- Gastrointestinal infection
- Loss of sense of smell and taste