The COVID-19 outbreak doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for quite a while. Since some experts have estimated that at least 70% of the world’s population is going to be infected, odds are, you or your loved ones may also get infected (if you haven’t already).

Considering all these factors, it’s vital to recognize the first symptoms of COVID 19 so you can take prompt action and get treatment. In this post, we are going to discuss the early COVID-19 symptoms and when to see a doctor.

The First Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, and muscle pain. Most patients experience these symptoms to a mild degree, but in some cases, the symptoms can be severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here is the latest list of early COVID-19 symptoms:

  •       Fever
  •       Sore throat
  •       Cough
  •       Shortness of breath
  •       Headache
  •       Chills
  •       Muscle pain 
  •       Runny nose
  •       Nausea or vomiting
  •       Loss of taste or smell 
  •       Diarrhea

Some rare symptoms of coronavirus include conjunctivitis (pink eye), stroke-like symptoms, and purple lesions on the skin. Studies suggest that the first symptoms of COVID 19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after you’ve been exposed to the virus. If you have contracted the virus, you may experience mild symptoms at the beginning, but may later develop respiratory distress. 

In children, the coronavirus symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, swollen hand and feet, and rash. If your child is suffering from a fever or stomach problems for more than 1 day, call a pediatrician.

What To Do If I Am Infected?

The majority of people infected with COVID-19 recover within a few weeks, but if the patient is above the age of 60 or has underlying medical conditions, it may take longer.

first symptoms of covid 19

Whether you are experiencing any symptoms or not, it’s prudent to wear a mask in order to cut down the risk of spreading the virus. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 16% of people who are infected with the coronavirus never develop any symptoms! You could be carrying the virus already and not know it, but you will still be able to spread it. 

If you suspect you or someone in your home has become infected, contact medical professionals for assistance. It is not recommended to go straight to a doctor’s office because you could unintentionally infect other people.

If you have any underlying medical problems or you are over the age of 60, talk to a doctor as soon as you start experiencing the first symptoms of COVID 19. 

For mild symptoms, you can manage your condition at home. Just get some bed rest, take pain medication (like paracetamol), and drink plenty of fluids. Barring respiratory issues, doctors will prescribe rest and isolation if you go to a hospital with mild symptoms.

Stay at home if you test positive and have mild symptoms. Don’t forget to notify your local health department so they can monitor your condition as well. The quarantine period for patients who could be potentially positive is 14 days.

Contact 24 Hour Docs for COVID-19 Support

If you suspect that you have contracted the coronavirus, based on your first symptoms of COVID 19, contact us at 24 Hour Docs. Our highly trained and experienced online doctors will evaluate your symptoms from the comfort of your home.  Call us at 877-244-6876 or write to us online if you have any questions or concerns about the first symptoms of COVID 19.