As we keep on acquiring new information on COVID-19, we can see that the situation which should have been under control by now is nowhere near it. Every day, COVID-19 is in the news, showing new symptoms or variants affecting the human race. Thus, we need to reacquaint ourselves with all the essential information we can get regarding the spread, the second wave, or new variants. As we know how COVID-19 has impacted people of all ages and how drastically it is mutating, we should not forget the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.
By now, everyone knows what coronavirus is, and many of us have experienced it ourselves. Coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV2, is a type of virus that causes ailments like a common cold, chronic respiratory problems, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). This virus was discovered in 2019 in China. It has since lashed throughout the world, causing several medical and economic changes.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Patients infected with coronavirus can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. There are various symptoms and complications of this disease. Though some common symptoms have been found among people who tested positive for COVID-19, these can range from mild to chronic. The symptoms appear between 2 to 14 days after you have been exposed to the virus. They include:
- Running nose
- Body aches
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
As this is a novel virus, and every passing day we are learning about new symptoms and variants. With the onset of the second wave, the CDC and WHO have discovered new symptoms.
New symptoms of COVID-19
While some countries are dealing with the first wave of COVID-19, others are already experiencing the second wave. According to the most recent news, Europe has experienced the third wave of COVID-19 as well. The continuous spike of this virus outbreak has brought new symptoms to notice. The new variants — the UK variant and the double variant — are spreading faster than one can imagine, leading to severe diversity in the symptoms.
These variants are highly infectious to people of all age groups, bearing the same level of risks.
The new symptoms found in these variants are:
- Low-grade fever
- Dry mouth
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
CDC reinstated that direct contact with the infected person and airborne transmission is still the primary cause of COVID-19 spread. It said that any strange symptoms should not be ruled out, as it is a novel virus, you don’t know what kind of other symptoms it shows. These include hearing loss, pink eye, ear pain, or gastrointestinal disorders.
Gastrointestinal symptoms are one to look out for, as it involves the gastrointestinal tract including the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. COVID-19 can disrupt the functioning of these body parts which could lead to internal bleeding as well.
A study conducted in China stated that the pink eye is one of the possible symptoms of COVID-19, while the National Institute of Health reported that many patients are being diagnosed with oral symptoms of COVID-19, which includes dry mouth, where the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva, causing Xerostomia. This can cause mouth ulcers, lesions, or blisters on the mucous membrane. Research proclaims that this happens when the virus attacks the oral lining of your mouth and muscle fibers.
Another unusual symptom researchers are warning of is the ‘COVID-19 Tongue’, where the tongue appears white and patchy. The purpose of saliva is to protect your mouth from bacteria. But, if you are suffering from this symptom, your body cannot produce saliva, leading to extended coronavirus complexities.
Covid-19 Second Wave – New Variants and Symptoms
When to see a doctor
The CDC recommends that you seek immediate medical attention if you notice any unusual symptoms or changes that make it difficult to determine the cause. If you have come in contact with an infected person and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should go to your nearest COVID-19 center. Other emergency signs to look out for are:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain
- Strange pressure in the chest
- Persistent hiccups
- Unusual skin tone
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Currently, there is no cure available for COVID-19. All you have to do is take preventive measures, practice social distancing, wear masks, sanitize properly, and eat healthy food to boost immunity. Even if you have been vaccinated, you still have to practice social distancing to keep yourself away from the deadly virus.
The new variants are drastic, and as the research is still going on to treat this novel virus, you have to be extra careful with the way you live.
COVID-19 is spreading immensely across the globe. The only ways to keep yourself safe is by following all government-laid safety protocols. Since this is a novel virus, its hazardousness is still unknown, especially for citizens who have pre-existing respiratory or cardiac problems.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Why are COVID-19’s new variants spreading rapidly?
The new variants are spreading rapidly because of direct or indirect contact with the affected by not following social distancing norms and all other safety protocols. COVID-19 spreads through droplets or aerosols that remain active in the air for seven minutes. So, anyone coming in contact with the droplets can be exposed to COVID-19.
- How do I know I’m at risk?
COVID can be symptomatic or asymptomatic, so if an infected person coughs or touches you, you are at high risk. Also, being in direct contact with an infected person is a risk factor. There are higher chances of risk if the exposure time is more than 15 min.
- Why do only some people get infected with COVID-19?
The confounding aspects of COVID-19 are, it strikes people differently, where one can be seriously ill, while the other can be perfectly fine. The reason is that interferons help your body to fight such deadly viruses. Interferons are a nonspecific immune defense mechanism that helps in fighting such invaders. Some people have a strong presence of interferons, while others have mild.