COVID-19 has wrenched people from their daily lives and the cost of this turmoil has become apparent this weekend. The Spring sunshine may be testing people’s patience but the daily jump in death toll issues a dire warning to anyone looking to flout the social measures: the threat is real and is becoming more deadly. Some members of the public may feel the risk posed to them is low because no one in their vicinity is displaying the main warning signs.
What’s more, in Germany it is reported more than two in three confirmed cases report a loss of smell, it adds.
In addition, malaise and confusion have been identified as potential signs.
In a recent case report on a Washington nursing home, nearly one-third of the residents tested positive for the coronavirus, but half had no symptoms, and a few patients had unusual symptoms like malaise, a general sense of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified confusion as an emergency warning sign of COVID-19.
What do I do if I notice these symptoms?
According to the NHS, you must not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.
“To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home,” advises the NHS.
This social distancing measure is called self-isolation.
If you are self-isolating, you must:
- Not leave your home for any reason, other than to exercise once a day – but stay at least two metres (three steps) away from other people
- Not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
- Not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
“You can use your garden if you have one,” adds the NHS.