Coronavirus symptoms include a fever, and a new continuous cough. It’s not required to tell healthcare professionals you are self isolating but, what’s the sign in your lips that could suggest it’s time to seek medical attention?
As of 9am on Saturday March 21, there were 5,018 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Sadly, up to that point, 233 people within the UK lost their lives due to the deadly pandemic.
The current NHS medical advice is to stay at home for seven days if either of the following applies:
You have a high temperature – meaning you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
You have a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or having three or more coughing episodes in one day.
Other signs of a medical emergency is heavy bleeding that won’t stop or severe head injuries after a serious accident.
Additionally, call 999 if anybody showing signs of a seizure – shaking or jerking because of a fit – or is unconscious and couldn’t be woken up.
Also talk to medical professionals if you experience sudden, rapid swelling of the eyes, lips, mouth, throat or tongue.
The CDC suggests people displaying a cough and fever, who also experience shortness of breath should contact emergency services via the NHS 111 service.
On the NHS 111 online service, those displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked about shortness of breath.
It asks if you feel so breathless that you’re unable to speak more than a few words, and if you’re breathing harder or faster than usual when doing nothing at all.
The CDC adds that new confusion, or inability to arouse – alongside coronavirus symptoms – means you should call healthcare professionals.
The NHS 111 online service also asks if you’ve suddenly become confused, or much more confused than normal.