With the onset of novel coronavirus, COVID symptoms have continued to increase and expand, disrupting the lives of millions of people.New and mutated strains of the virus have added to the troubles and have facilitated a faster spread of the virus. That said, while some symptoms are mild and can be treated at home, there are certain signs of COVID that can have fatalistic consequences and should be treated immediately.
Signs of severe COVID-19 infections
Apart from the three classic symptoms of COVID, namely fever, dry cough and fatigue, there are other severe signs of SARs-COV-2 that can prove life-threatening and must be treated under medical supervision. In an interview, Dr. Luke Pratsides, a lead physician at men's health clinic Numan, described the three signs of COVID-19 that can prove fatal.
Shortness of breath
As per Dr. Pratsides, "The best gauge of whether Covid symptoms are deteriorating is worsening shortness of breath and the degree at which you are able to perform normal daily activities, washing, dressing, cooking, moving up stairs and between rooms at home."
He suggests home oxygen monitoring and also asks patients to seek medical help for the same.The inability to form a sentence or complete a full sentence without pausing for a breath or a rest is also seen as a possible sign of severe COVID infection.
Dizziness or sudden unconsciousness
According to dr. Pratsides, if one feels dizzy or becomes unconscious due to underlying symptoms of COVID, then this could prove critical or serious.
He explains, "These signs mean you are no longer getting enough oxygen and could be experiencing acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life threatening condition characterised by severe lung inflammation."
"Even with critical Covid, if you get hospital treatment quickly you have a chance of survival and recovery," he adds.
Mild or common symptoms of COVID
Besides severe COVID-19 symptoms, 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
- Loss of sense of smell and taste
Treatment and prevention
When it comes to COVID-19, it is important to first prevent yourself from the deadly virus rather than thinking of ways to treat it.
You must maintain social distancing at crowded areas and must wear your masks at all times. Wash or sanitize your hands at all times and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Apart from that, if you develop symptoms of COVID-19, then you must first get yourself tested for the same and self-isolate yourself until your reports are disclosed and you test negative for the virus.
Drink a lot of fluids and resort to a healthy diet.
Times of India