In December 2019, a new (novel) version of coronavirus appeared in the province of Wuhan, China. By March 2020, this virus, named COVID-19, had spread globally to many other nations throughout the world, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify the spread as a pandemic. No vaccine has been developed for COVID-19, and researchers are working to find an effective treatment for the symptoms, which can cause pneumonia in both lungs.
The novel coronavirus only causes mild symptoms in some patients, but it leads to much more severe symptoms in others. That means recovery times can vary a great deal, depending on the patient and the severity of the disease. Here’s a look at some incubation and recovery information for COVID-19 as well as tips on how to protect yourself, how to recognize the various symptoms and what to do if you feel sick.
What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
The most common symptoms of coronavirus include a dry cough and fever, which can be accompanied by shortness of breath. However, many patients have also reported other symptoms, such as a loss of the sense of smell or taste, runny nose, gastrointestinal disturbances like diarrhea and sore throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact your doctor right away.
However, keep in mind that your doctor will likely want to discuss your symptoms with you and ask more questions via a telehealth appointment. If your physician deems it necessary, he or she can direct you where to go to get a test for COVID-19. If you experience trouble breathing at any time, it’s important to go to an emergency medical facility right away, as this particular symptom requires prompt medical attention.