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COVID-19 Symptoms
COVID-19 Symptoms


Most people who develop the infection especially those who are healthier and younger will have a mild case and don’t need to be hospitalized. If you or someone in your family has been infected with mild cases, you still might have symptoms that make you feel unwell. The most commonly reported symptoms of coronavirus disease include;

  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sudden loss of smell or taste

There are important things everyone must perform at home if someone is ill. You need to monitor the worsening symptom of an ill person and keep an eye out for some emergency warning signs. Call your doctor if you have concerns about any symptoms. Emergency warning signs may include:

  • Bluish of face or lips
  • Confusion
  • Pressure in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing

Also, you need to prevent the infection from spreading to others in your home and community. This includes:

  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Have the sick person stay in one room
  • If possible, use a separate bathroom
  • Disinfect surfaces that are commonly touched
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Wash your hands thoroughly

Treatment For Mild Symptoms

  • Fever and Aches: These symptoms occur when your body acts to fight off infection and it makes you feel tired. The coronavirus disease commonly causes muscle aches. To manage the aches, drink lots of fluids. When you have a high temperature, your body loses fluid through sweating that’s why you need to stay hydrated to replace the loss of fluids. Acetaminophen is one of the recommended OTC medications to manage fever. Make sure to consult a doctor first before drinking any prescriptions especially if you have any other medications. NSAIDs medication can also help relieve aches and pains.
  • Dry Cough: Coughing is another way for the body to remove irritants that enter the lungs. You can take hot tea, a teaspoon of honey, or drinking a lot of fluids to help soothe irritation in your throat. You can also use a humidifier that adds moisture to the air that may ease coughing.
  • Nasal Congestions: You can take OTC medications that might be used for the treatment of nasal congestions. Decongestants with or without antihistamines are known to be effective in lessening nasal congestion. Antihistamines dry up mucus membranes of the nose and other areas such as the eyes and mouth. Pregnant women must talk to their healthcare provider before using this type of prescription.

Expired Medicine Supply

The date of expiration on the package is the date up until when the manufacturer guarantees the safety of the medication. Several medications remain safe beyond the expiration date including some of the OTC medications mentioned. If you have expired medicines that have no discoloration, intact, and has been stored as recommended, then it is likely okay to take. However, if in doubt, contact your doctor or pharmacist for questions. Several medications do not remain safe past the expiration date. Various drugs are unsafe and it includes:

  • Refrigerated medications
  • Biologics
  • Insulin
  • Tetracycline
  • Nitroglycerin