In 2020, we, as a society, suffered a 360° change; from one day to another, we had to stay home to keep ourselves and our families safe. COVID-19 changed everything; cities looked like ghost towns because there were no people on the streets and a shortage of supplies in supermarkets, from food to toilet paper.
The pandemic has allowed us to understand better that health care is an essential service we all should have. Fortunately some companies provide medical care services, so you can be full cover, as we mentioned in last week’s blog.
In today’s article, we will discuss medical care and COVID-19 because although the global situation looks more promising, we must learn to live with this virus and be alert in case there is a rebound of the pandemic.
What is COVID-19?
First of all, we will talk a bit about what coronavirus is: Also known as COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since spread globally, leading to a World Health Organization (WHO) pandemic declaration in March 2020.
The virus spreads when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes because they generate particles of COVID-19.
In severe cases, COVID-19 can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome or ARDS, organ failure, and death, especially in older adults and people with underlying diseases.
The COVID-19 pandemic had far-reaching repercussions on individuals, countries, and the global economy.
Measures such as lockouts, quarantines, and travel restrictions had to be implemented to curb the spread of the virus. As well as mandatory use of face masks and increased hygienic practices became part of everyday life.
Today specialists and pharmaceutical companies have developed vaccines to control the pandemic and return to normality.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Thankfully the global situation has improved, but we still need to be careful, which is why our team of medical care in Mallorca wants to share the symptoms of COVID-19 with you.
- Fever: This is one of the most common symptoms of coronavirus. We need to clarify that a fever is whenever your body temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
- Cough: Mainly when it is a persistent dry cough; some people may also experience chest pain.
- Body aches: Researches have shown that some individuals may experience body aches, headaches, or muscle pain.
- Shortness of breath: This symptom is present in more severe cases of COVID-19, this virus can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, especially in the elderly or people with underlying health conditions.
- Loss of taste or smell: A large number of people infected experienced a loss of taste and smell or a decrease in the intensity of these senses.
It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other illnesses and do not necessarily indicate a COVID-19 infection. In case you or another member of your family is experiencing symptoms, contact a doctor in Puerto de Soller or any medical care company of your trust.
Current status of covid-19
Today this situation has changed, we can now leave our homes and it seems that things will soon return to normal, if not a new normal.
What to do if you or someone in your family has COVID?
However, we want you to have the required information to continue to take care of yourself. Hereafter are some tips in case you or a member of your family has been infected with coronavirus.
1.- Stay at home and do not have contact with others
Even if you are waiting for the results of the coronavirus test, we recommend that you stay at home; preferably in a room isolated from the contact of others to avoid spreading the infection..
If you are not sure if you have COVID-19 contact a medical care company and request a lab test to confirm whether it is coronavirus or not.
2.- Improve air ventilation
To prevent COVID-19 from spreading, you can improve air-flow all over the house and room where the infected person is.
3.- Contact a specialist
You may need to contact a specialist to receive a prescription for medication and to have someone observe the symptoms and development of the disease.
4.- Clean common areas and personal objects
Daily hygiene and cleanliness practices prevent others from becoming infected, so we recommend you clean surfaces in common areas where the person may be and personal items used, as well as wash your hands every once in a while.
5.- Wear face mask
Even if it is no longer mandatory, we recommend you wear a face mask whenever you are in a crowded space.
Taking care of ourselves is taking care of others. Hopefully with these tips from our team of specialists you can always be conscious of the importance of your health.
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