Knowing everything about Covid-19 can help
you stay better prepared to cope with the pandemic

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 is the Coronavirus Disease caused by the newly identified Coronavirus. The infection caused by this virus can cause symptoms ranging from a mild flu-like illness to more severe complications in the respiratory system. Though rare, Covid-19 infection can be fatal. The virus has been spreading rapidly throughout the world.

Why is Covid-19 dangerous?

While most people contracted with the virus are recovering completely, the Coronavirus has caused severe panic all over the world. This is because unlike the common flu, this illness is highly infectious. It is impacting 218 countries and territories around the world. The virus spreads from person to person very rapidly. With a high number of infections, Covid-19 has declared a pandemic and a public health emergency of international concern by WHO.

Symptoms of Covid-19

Knowing the symptoms of Covid-19 can help you seek medical attention on time and avoid complications arising out of delayed medical care.
Common Symptoms of Covid-19
  • Fever/Chills
  • Dry Cough
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
Less Common Symptoms of Covid-19
  • Body ache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Skin rashes
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Discoloration of fingers and toes
Severe Symptoms of Covid-19
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Heaviness in the chest
  • Loss of speech
  • Loss of movement

What is the difference between Covid-19 and Flu?

A Covid-19 infection and the Influenza can have several similar symptoms. While testing is the only sure way to know whether it is a Covid infection, it is important to not panic if you have flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, accompanied with dry cough and fatigue are usually a sign of Covid. Similarly, flu symptoms with a loss of the sense of smell and taste can also be signs of Covid-19.

Just isolate yourself and consult a doctor. If you have trouble finding a healthcare provider near you, you can contact the County information line 2-1-1 for help.

However, do not self-diagnose and contact a testing center near you. Find out all about testing in the LA county here and Orange County here.

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