Coronavirus Symptoms: What To Watch For
The United States has recorded its first coronavirus deaths -- many people are wondering what are the symptoms they should be on the lookout for and additionally how to protect themselves.
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Coronavirus makes people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Its symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache and a fever that can last for a couple of days.For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there's a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.
Transmission between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person's secretions, such as droplets in a cough.
Depending on how virulent the virus is, a cough, sneeze or handshake could cause exposure. The virus can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Caregivers can sometimes be exposed by handling a patient's waste, according to the CDC.
There is no specific antiviral treatment at the present time but research is underway.
If you think you may have been exposed to the virus you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Meanwhile, you may be able to reduce your risk of infection by avoiding people who are sick. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.