Coronavirus symptoms: what COVID-19 does to your body?
Even the most common coronavirus symptoms can vary. Among patients, some have suffered from acute headaches, cough, confusion or inability to arouse. Also fever, shortness of breath, bluish lips or face or all symptoms plus some others, like lack of sense of taste or smell.
It takes two to fourteen days after exposure for symptoms to develop COVID-19. But, meanwhile, the patient can infect others. Those with weakened immune systems may develop more serious illness, like pneumonia or bronchitis.
In addition, you may never develop symptoms after being exposed to COVID-19. For this reason, it is extremely important that you go to a doctor or specialist to be diagnosed correctly.
What Coronavirus does to your body?
The COVID-19 virus can be spread through contact with certain bodily fluids, such as droplets in a cough. This will be caused if you touch something or if a infected person has touched and then touching your hand to your mouth, nose, or eyes.
In the “Incubation period”, the virus works by getting inside the cells lining of the throat, airways and lungs and turns them into “coronavirus factories”. Spew out huge numbers of new viruses that go on to infect yet more cells. At this early stage, you will not be sick and some people may never develop Coronavirus symptoms.
The incubation period, the time between infection and first symptoms appearing, varies widely, but is five days on average.
How is coronavirus diagnosed?
If you have traveled to any areas with ongoing community spread of COVID-19, or if you have had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus, you need to go with a doctor. Factors used to decide whether to test may differ depending on where you live. Depending on your location, you may need to be screened by your clinic to determine if testing is appropriate and available.
In the U.S., the doctors will determine whether to conduct tests for COVID-19 based on the signs and Coronavirus symptoms. The doctor may also consider testing if you are at higher risk of serious illness.
To test for COVID-19, a health care provider uses a long swab to take a nasal sample. The sample is then sent to a lab for testing. If you are coughing up saliva (sputum), that may be sent for testing.