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I think I got a coronavirus. What should I do?

I think I got a coronavirus. What should I do?
Only without panic. Call your doctor and let him know that you admit the possibility of infection. Follow his instructions and limit contact with other people.

The doctor may advise you to isolate yourself - such isolation involves staying at home for 14 days, that is, during the incubation period of the disease.

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Are there any symptoms of the disease?

Yes, but the trouble is that they coincide with the symptoms of other respiratory diseases. Here are the most common ones: fever, fatigue, and dry cough.

Less frequent and usually mild symptoms: body pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, pharyngitis or diarrhea.

In addition, in some patients with coronavirus, the disease does not manifest itself at all.

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What exactly does not help in the fight against coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic has already managed to spread myths and speculation, which certainly will not help you cope with the infection. Here are the rebuttals of the main ones:

Antibiotics are absolutely ineffective in the fight against the virus. This applies not only to COVID-19, but also to any viral infections - antibiotics only kill bacteria. At the same time, doctors do sometimes prescribe antibiotics to people hospitalized in connection with a new type of coronavirus, but for the treatment of concomitant bacterial infections.
A hot bath does not help from infection. Whether you feel unwell or “freeze” you — warming yourself in a warm bath is undoubtedly pleasant, but it will not help to cope with COVID-19. At the same time, taking too hot a bath or washing your hands with almost boiling water can leave thermal burns on the body.

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What can I do to prevent coronavirus infection?

There are a number of recommendations, observing which you can protect yourself as much as possible from infection with COVID-19. Here is the main thing that is advised by the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Red Cross and the NSDC:

Treat your hands regularly with an alcohol-based product or wash them with soap. This is the main measure for the prevention of infection. If there is a virus on the surface of the hands, then treating them with a special tool or washing with soap will kill it.
Keep at least one meter away from coughing or sneezing people. This is necessary so as not to inhale the droplets released from the nose or mouth of another person who may be infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Minimize hand contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth, as we touch many objects that the virus could get into with our palms. Thus, viral particles can enter the body by touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.

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Well, how dangerous is COVID-19?

Depends on a number of factors, in particular - age and state of human immunity. Reports show that older people die most often from coronavirus. For people over 80, the probability of death is 15%. In addition, people with asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are at increased risk.

In general, at the moment there are almost 15 times more people who have recovered from coronavirus than those who died: according to data as of March 12, 2020, over 68 thousand people recovered from the disease, and the number of deaths is 4 638 people.

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Coronavirus - what is it all about?

Coronaviruses are not a unique phenomenon that appeared at the end of last year. They constitute an extensive family of viruses with proven pathogenic properties in relation to humans or animals.

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