Coronavirus: Know the Signs

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is emerging as a global pandemic. Its symptoms can range from those of the common cold to much more serious manifestations such as difficulty in breathing.

In most cases COVID-19 is manageable if you follow the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO):

• Wash your hands frequently
• Maintain social distancing
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Practice respiratory hygiene
• If you have fever, cough and difficult breathing, seek medical attention early.

The problem? Because coronavirus is novel (new) with no known “cure”, it becomes a ticking clock in terms of treatment. Researchers are scrambling for cocktails of medications that have proven effective in treating other diseases (such as malaria). At the same time, a vaccine is being investigated in case this becomes a seasonal event.

What we do know is that self-quarantine has lessened the spread in many countries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), these are the Emergency Warning Signs:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse
• Bluish lips or face

Is there a correlation between sepsis and coronavirus?
Sepsis survivors are at an increased risk of infection. This is not a death sentence and does not mean you will get corona virus. It says, as always, err on the side of caution.

Be vigilant: