Coronaviruses are viruses that affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. Coronavirus is closely associated with the symptoms of common cold and pneumonia. In some cases, it can also affect the gut.
Among humans, the infection mostly occurs during the months of winter and early spring. It is common to get ill from a cold caused by a coronavirus and then again catch it four months later.
Common cold type symptoms will show up within two to four days after being infected by a coronavirus. The symptoms are usually mild but can vary from person to person, and sometimes can be fatal. The common symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Fever, in some cases
Laboratories can diagnose the virus responsible for your condition by taking a sample from your mucus or from nose or blood. For the recent type of coronavirus, COVID-19 there is no cure available right now. However, you can make yourself at ease by taking care of yourself and using over-the-counter medicines. Doctors recommend to take a good amount of rest and drink plenty of water. Moreover, try to avoid smoking and going to smoky areas. Take Tylenol or any other similar medicine to reduce body pain and fever. Using a clean humidifier and cool mist vaporizer can also make you comfortable.
In most cases, the virus spreads from the fluid secreted from the respiratory system. Here are some of the ways by which the virus can spread, such as:
- Coughing and sneezing with an uncovered mouth can release moisture into the air, spreading the virus.
- Touching or shaking hands with a person already infected.
- Getting in contact with a surface that has a virus then touching your eyes, nose or mouth
If you face the symptoms described above, the first thing you should do is visit your nearest hospital or clinic. Visit San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic, and get help from our doctors.