Covid-19 has been in the news for quite some time now and just in case you were interested in knowing a bit more on how it interacts with your body here is a little of what we have learned so far.
First symptoms that appear could be any combination of fever, fatigue, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms will vary with each person; there is more information on symptoms that medical professionals are seeing as a pattern that may be established as regular symptoms in the future.Transmission of the virus is easy and is spread through respiratory droplets produced by the cough, sneeze or breath of an infected person.
Though a person may not feel ill during the initial two weeks of infection, the virus is hard at work in the lungs. The job of the virus cells is to make the healthy cells of our body regenerate more virus cells. Why is it so important to be cautious during this time of social distancing? The transmission of the virus is still possible from person to person even if the infected individual does not seem sick.
After symptoms have set in, they may feel flu-like and mild at first. Over the days that pass, symptoms will continue to worsen; the primary place that will be affected will be your throat, beyond this point it will work its way down into the respiratory airways causing inflammation and a persistent cough.
This virus has the potential to cause an individual to develop pneumonia. If the virus makes its way down into the lower respiratory tract before a person has sought medical assistance, there will be complications in the functions in the passing of oxygen to the blood, a vital function for all parts of our body. After pneumonia has set in, the individuals age, underlying medical conditions and the severity of the virus will play a role in recovery.
The main thing our dedicated medical professionals can do for a sick individual that has been hospitalized is provide supportive care. So, the best thing we can be doing is protecting ourselves right now, staying safe and keep the social distancing practices we have been observing. Stay safe San Antonio, keep about your health in mind as we get through this together.
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