With over 4 million confirmed global coronavirus cases and over 300k deaths the fight against the novel virus continues.
Even though most countries have been on lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, people are still having to leave their houses for essentials like food and others like health and safety workers still need to go to work which is why knowing the symptoms to look out for are still very important.
From maintaining a 2 meter distance between yourself and the next person to avoiding face to face communication it is up to us to change the way we live our lives in order to get through this pandemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) offers plenty of information regarding the coronavirus, offering ways to avoid infection and symptoms to be aware of, for those feeling ill.
The harsh reality is that some people will experience serious symptoms if they come into contact with COVID-19 but what counts as serious?
According to WHO, serious symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- chest pain or pressure.
- Loss of speech or movement.
- dry cough
Less common symptoms are:
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- loss of taste or smell
- a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
What should I do if I experience these symptoms?
“Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms,” advises WHO.
The health site adds: “Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.”