FOR most people who develop a coronavirus, their symptoms will be mild enough to stay at home and recover.
However, for about one in five people with life-threatening illness, hospital care will be vital.
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Currently, the NHS is urging people not to go to their doctor’s office, pharmacy, or hospital and stay at home – to stop the spread of the disease, protect the NHS and save lives.
Despite this, some people will need to see a doctor to treat the symptoms of Covid-19.
And while most people have mild symptoms, more severe cases can happen fairly quickly, so it’s important to know when to ask for help.
When should I go to the hospital?
According to Dr. Sarah Jarvis, Clinical Director of Patient Access, there are five main reasons why you should see a doctor if you develop signs of Covid-19 …
- You quickly become breathless, even at rest
- You can’t manage basic things like showering, eating, watching TV or reading
- You start to get confused
- You cannot speak in whole sentences without breathing more
- You are one of the 1.5 million people who have been advised to “protect” themselves to protect themselves
According to government directives, people over the age of 70 who have an underlying health problem or who are pregnant should “protect themselves”.
People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis, cancer patients, people with primary immunodeficiencies, and people with serious bodily disease fall into the category of “sub-health problems.” underlying “.
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Dr. Jarvis also said that if you are unsure whether to go to the hospital, you should speak to a health care professional – call NHS 111 or use their online service.
In the end, if you worry about any symptom and it gets worse, no better, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
When should I call 999?
For more urgent cases and if you have a medical emergency, you must call 999 for an ambulance and inform the operator that you – or the person you are caring for – have or think you have Covid-19.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), emergency warning signs for Covid-19 include …
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to create
- Bluish lips or face
Patients who are generally older or who have preexisting health problems are normally the people who find it difficult to breathe – known as dyspnea.
Signs of dyspnea include shortness of breath, choking or choking sensation, tightness in the chest, rapid and shallow breathing, heart palpitations, and wheezing.
Patients with severe cases of coronavirus may also develop signs of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
According to the NHS, this is a deadly disease where the lungs cannot provide enough oxygen to the vital organs of the body.
ARDS occurs when the lungs become severely inflamed due to an infection or injury and the inflammation causes fluid from nearby blood vessels to leak into the tiny air sacs of your lungs, making breathing difficult. more and more difficult.
Symptoms of ARDS can include severe shortness of breath, rapid, shallow breathing, fatigue, drowsiness or confusion and feeling faint.
About 15% of coronavirus cases have it, according to the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Anyone who thinks they have fought Covid-19 and who has symptoms of ARDS should also call an ambulance.
How can I treat the symptoms of Covid-19?
Currently, there is no vaccine to protect people from the virus.
Antibiotics don’t help because they don’t work against viruses – only bacteria.
Doctors say mild or moderate symptoms can be managed at home by resting, staying hydrated, and taking paracetamol if necessary.
Some people may not even have symptoms of coronavirus, experts say.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the United Kingdom, said: “It seems very likely that there is some degree of asymptomatic transmission.
“There is certainly a lot of transmission very early in the disease when there are very mild symptoms. “