Coronavirus Basic Symptoms And Early Medical Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has already created a stir among the people of all regions. From countries closing their international borders and making their citizens home quarantined, the entire world seems to get closer to a devastating end. There isn’t any harm in saying that this COVID-19 or the coronavirus did hit hard to the US with a total of about 165,482 cases and almost 3,186 deaths.
The World Health Organisation or WHO has called it a pandemic and named it as SARS-CoV-2. Originating from a completely unknown cause from the Wuhan city of China, the deadly virus can be seen spreading at a skyrocketing speed in some provinces of the European Union and the US.
Giving a halt or a pause to this epidemic disease is the only viable option for us until an anti-viral drug is invented. Any measures or early medical care for the infected, be it as minimal as possible might help in slowing the spread of this pandemic. Taking proper care and following all the instructions said by the medical team and the government, in case of slight illness can save millions of lives.
Typical Symptoms of COVID- 19 Infections
If affected by this virus, it might show similar symptoms like the common cold and flu which includes dry cough and fever.
Senior citizens having other chronic health issues such as diabetes, asthma or cardiovascular disease might even develop severe symptoms such as chest tightness, pneumonia, chest pain, or acute respiratory illness. Based on researches and findings it can be said that the coronavirus starts showing its symptoms in a matter of two to fourteen days of infection. The infection might start with a mild fever which is followed by a severe dry cough. After a week of these symptoms, you can notice shortness of breath, and almost 20% of the infected patients require proper healthcare and medical treatment.
Anti-viral drugs or vaccines are currently under the early stages of development. Antibiotics used for fever are ineffective because of the fact that COVID-19 is a virus, not bacteria. When patients are in the early stage of this infection special supportive medical treatment might help them to recover from this disease.
The early medical care includes:
- Medication to reduce fever.
- A large quantity of fluid intake is a must to reduce dehydration risk.
- Usage of supplement oxygen.
- Patients facing severe respiratory problems due to the coronavirus infection might even need a respirator.
- All other supportive care provided by the nursing team and the medical care team might seem to be beneficial and highly effective to the corona virus-infected patients.
Due to the current pandemic and for the national emergency the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated different strategies and plans for all the nursing schools and Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) to get prepared and respond to the current COVID-19 disease. Eligible medical staff or nurses who wish to get trained and educated on other important and sophisticated healthcare including emergency preparedness against coronavirus can contact Erudite Nursing Institute. Unlike the brick and mortar regular nursing school, Erudite online nursing schools do offer different accelerated nursing programs and a specialized 90-hour certification course on emergency preparedness and response training to cope up and fight the battle against COVID-19 and overcome all the obstacles that are inherent to the traditional nursing schools.
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