CORVID/Do I have Corona?/How do I know if I have a Coronavirus?
Do I have Corona?Mar.09.2020

How do I know if I have a Coronavirus?

covid19 epidemy

Coronaviruses (Coronaviridae) – is a large family of RNA-containing viruses that can infect humans and some animals.
COVID19(CoronaVIrusDisease 2019)–ARI caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The definition of cases of COVID-19 on the medical side is divided into three categories:
Suspicious, Probable, Confirmed.

Suspicious:

Is characterized by the presence of clinical manifestations of acute respiratory infections, bronchitis, pneumonia in combination with epidemiological anamnesis.

Probable:

Is evident by the presence of clinical manifestations of ARDS, severe pneumonia, combined with an epidemiological anamnesis.

Confirmed:

Can be diagnosed after positive lab results for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by polymerase chain reaction regardless of clinical manifestations.

Epidemiological anamnesis:

  • Visit of epidemiologically unfavorable COVID-19 countries and regions, mainly Italy, China, South Korea, Iran14 days before symptoms;
  • Close contacts with persons under observation for infection caused by new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, who subsequently became ill in the last 14 days
  • Close contacts with individuals with validated COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days.

These are the most common clinical symptoms of coronavirus

  • 90% increase in body temperature.
  • 80% cough (dry or with a small amount of sputum).
  • 55% shortness of breath.
  • 44% myalgia and fatigue.
  • 20% feeling of being chest bound.

If you have one of these symptoms, you should better go to a specialist as soon as possible.
You have several options for getting medical help, including visiting your primary health care facility. Some clinics also have virtual services with a smartphone or laptop, so you may not have to leave your home for an initial checkup.

If you need urgent health care, call 911. Tell the operator that you suspect you have the virus. If possible, wear a face mask before the ambulance arrives.

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