Common symptoms of the disease include: Temperature 37.1°C and above. Cough. Cough, sore throat.Difficulty breathing. Pain in the neck, ears, head, back, muscles or joints. Increased fatigue. Nausea and an altered sense of taste and smell.
Every person is unique, which is why Covid-19 can manifest itself differently in the infected person. It also depends on the course of the disease. For the most part, the symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to a common flu infection.Approximately 20% of people infected with the coronavirus do not experience any symptoms, but these people can still be infectious and spread the infection to their surroundings. According to current knowledge, up to 59% of these transmissions can be from asymptomatic individuals. For this reason, it is necessary to carry out regular testing and then follow the prescribed isolation.
The most common symptoms of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) are:
Temperature 37.3°C and above
Pain in the neck, head, back, muscles or joints
Loss of taste or smell
Different types of skin rash (electrified skin)
Skin color changes on the fingers or toes (‘covid toes’)
Nausea or vomiting.
Please, let your doctor know as soon as COVID-19 symptoms start so they can advise and monitor you. It is important to get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms of the omicron variant disease
Omikron usually attacks much more of the upper respiratory tract, so it does not result in severe pneumonia and associated breathing problems. The other symptoms are very similar to the previous variants, although they are usually milder. The president of the South African Medical Association, Angelique Coetzee, in an interview with Reuters, said that the omicron mutation is most often manifested:
Extreme fatigue (1 to 2 days), headaches, and a dry cough. Quite often, however, there is also an asymptomatic course of the disease.
Symptoms of a more serious course of covid 19
Shortness of breath – a person experiences significant breathing problems. He is short of breath during normal activities, even when moving around the house or going to the toilet. A feeling of suffocation may also occur.
Loss of appetite
Persistent chest pain or pressure
High temperature – above 38 °C
Other less common symptoms of covid-19:
Irritability Confusion Decreased level of consciousness – may be associated with seizures Anxiety
More serious neurological complications – stroke, encephalitis, delirium and nerve damage The mentioned difficulties are certainly not worth underestimating. If you experience any of the above symptoms of covid-19 (or a combination of several symptoms), contact your general practitioner by phone, who will inform you of the next course of action.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most patients with covid-19 recover relatively easily without the need for hospitalization. In such a case, the general practitioner prescribes individual supportive treatment, during which you should observe isolation, bed rest and have a sufficient supply of fluids. Approximately 15% of those infected face a moderately severe course of the disease and require the supply of oxygen. Around 5% of those infected end up in critical condition and need intensive medical care. According to experience so far, it appears that a greater number of symptoms in the first days may be related to a more severe course of covid-19.
Pay particular attention to shortness of breath. If you start to get short of breath even while talking and doing normal activities, this is a sign that your blood oxygen levels are low. If the condition worsens dramatically, do not wait for anything and contact the emergency service
Post-covid syndrome (long covid)
Even a few months after recovering from covid-19, some people may experience quite serious health problems. Professor Nyarie Sithole from the Faculty of Clinical Medicine of the University of Cambridge told CT 24 in August 2021 that about 10% of people who have experienced covid-19 suffer from post-covid syndrome.
Patients turn to doctors with post-covid syndrome even 3 or more months after experiencing covid-19. Based on the available data, no link between the severe course of the disease and persistent health problems has yet been proven. Nyarie Sithole, on the other hand, claims that they have seen many patients who had a mild course, recovered from covid-19 in a few days, and yet they subsequently gradually developed post-covid syndrome. Although it is widely believed that the elderly and sick are more prone to these problems, in reality post-covid syndrome does not escape even young people in good health.
Symptoms of post-covid syndrome
Since the beginning of the pandemic, experts have already noted more than 200 different symptoms of post-covid syndrome, which also comes in waves and changes over time.
The most common symptoms of post-covid syndrome include:
Fatigue (the person can’t even do basic housework)
Brain fog (impaired concentration, memory problems, difficulty finding words, etc.)
Shortness of breath (breathlessness even with minimal activity)
Pain in the chest heartbeat
Migrating joint and muscle pains abdominal pain and headache
Insomnia and impaired sleep.
TIP. Insomnia, frequent awakenings, nervousness, this could be post-covid syndrome? Limit or completely stop the intake of sugar in food, we mean sweets. Increase your intake of whole grain rye flour.
For now, there is not enough information and professional studies about the post-covid syndrome to be able to summarize all the effects on human health. But Nyarie Sithole says that based on studies with related coronaviruses, at least 90% of people with post-covid syndrome can be expected to fully recover within 12 months. If you suspect post-covid syndrome, see your GP. He will carry out the necessary examinations and may also send you to an X-ray of the lungs, regular blood tests or to an appropriate specialist.