To better prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to understand the virus and how it works.
Disclaimer: This information has been provided by an NHS professional, and should be used as a guideline only. If you are experiencing symptoms, make sure that you seek the appropriate medical advice.
Coronavirus or a cold?
The key defining symptom of COVID-19 is a dry and rough cough. COVID-19 is not linked with other sinus issues, such as a cold nose or cough with a cold.
COVID-19 typically travels installs initially in the throat, causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This can last between 3 and 4 days. The virus then travels through the moisture in the airways, down to the trachea and into the lungs. This can cause pneumonia, lasting 5/6 days. At this stage, you may notice a high fever and have difficulty breathing. If you have a choking sensation, contact your Doctor immediately.
The common cold, also prevalent at this time of year, is not a symptom of COVID-19, but nonetheless, you are right to be extra vigilant if your immune system is compromised in any way.
Killing the virus
- The virus dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C)
- Drinking hot drinks, broths, water help to kill the virus. Avoid ice water or drinks with ice cubes at this time
- Take regular sips of water, helping to destroy the virus. Dehydration will put you at greater risk from the virus
- Make sure that you are getting out each day for a walk (avoiding coming within 2 metres of other people). Vitamin D is good for you, and the sun’s UV ray helps to kill the virus
- Wearing a mask or covering your mouth with a scarf is an effective way of preventing the spread of COVID-19
- Disinfect hard surfaces. The virus can survive on them for approximately 12 hours
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
Experts have suggested a simple test which can be completed every morning. This involves breathing in deeply and holding your breath for 10 seconds. If you are able to do this without coughing and/or difficulty, there is no fibrosis on the lungs. This indicates that you are not currently suffering with COVID-19.
Even without symptoms, note that you are still expected to follow government stipulations for social distancing. This is important to help contain the spread of the virus.