While the number of cases of coronavirus is decreasing, the virus is still very contagious. Every day, new cases are added to the database. As critical as it is to identify early warning signs of infection, every COVID+ patient must also learn to recognise and differentiate between the pattern of his or her symptoms, whether mild, moderate, or extreme.
How can you distinguish between your symptoms right now?
Given that most patients experience common symptoms on Day 1, it can be difficult to determine what an illness is and whether it is serious. Newer, irregular signs have been found when the pandemic spreads, which, as cases have shown, cannot be dismissed. As a result, understanding the extent of the illness, as well as how moderate or severe it might be, will make a big difference about how well you handle your disease. It can also train you to recognise warning signs that need immediate attention.
Mild COVID-19 case: Here’s what you can expect
Many coronavirus infections are mild by default, and most individuals recovering from a mild infection do so under home-isolation treatment. Doctors estimate that 80 percent of COVID-19 cases are minor.
What happens in a severe COVID-19 infection?
It’s important to note that underlying factors, age, and comorbidity risk rarely contribute to serious COVID-19 cases. Diabetes, elevated cholesterol, organ dysfunction, weakened immunity, obesity, severe respiratory problems, and advanced age are also risk factors.
Are there particular days to track during your recovery?
COVID-19 infected people usually recover in 14 days, which is the incubation time. There are, however, certain days during the healing process that need extra attention. Patients with some kinds of COVID-19 are advised to keep track of Day 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10, as well as the seriousness of their symptoms on these days. If your symptoms do not improve by Day 5, it may be a warning that a cytokine storm is causing your condition to worsen.
What should you do if your ‘mild’ symptoms take a turn for the ‘worse’?
Cases can, sadly, take a turn for the worse in many cases, as is currently the case. New symptoms may appear, or old symptoms may worsen. If symptoms change by Day 5, medical attention may be required. The below are some of the signs that necessitate immediate hospitalisation:
- -Pale skin/blush discoloration of the lips
- -Oxygen concentration falls below 90 percent.
- -A fever that does not go, or a fever that is constantly strong
Is there a difference between severe and critical COVID-19 cases?
Any people who are at risk or who are already showing signs of extreme COVID-19 can become seriously ill. Any patients with extreme COVID-19 undergo ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), in which the air sacs become inflamed, and fluid builds up, making the system difficult to function.
People who have vital COVID-19 are normally sick and need intensive care so they can develop life-threatening conditions, such as acute sepsis. Remember that all moderate and critical COVID-19 cases require hospitalization; however, critical COVID-19 is even more severe and requires ventilator treatment.