What is COVID-19?

As many of you have heard by now, the world is being gripped by COVID-19 (otherwise known as "Coronavirus"). According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), Coronaviruses (CoV) is a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

The following are the most up-to-date symptoms compiled from 55924 patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection:

  • High Fever in 87.9%
  • Dry cough in 67.7%
  • Fatigue in 38.1%
  • Productive Sputum in 33.4%
  • Shortness of Breath in 18.6%
  • Sore Throat in 3.9%
  • Headache in 13.6%
  • Muscle and/or Joint Pain in 14.8%
  • Chills in 11.4%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Nasal Congestion 4.8%
  • Diarrhea 3.7%

There appears to be an increased risk for:

  • Men over 50
  • Patients with Blood Group A