Many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. Therefore, experts recommend that you get the flu vaccine before the start of the flu season. Thus it less likely that you will be hospitalized because of flu. You are also less likely to have symptoms that may be confused with COVID-19.
The severity of symptoms and infection varies from person to person. Some people experience mild signs or no symptoms at all. But others may suffer from respiratory problems, pneumonia, and even death.
It is interesting to know that some people are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms and complications caused by COVID-19. For example, elderly people are considered high-risk groups. Besides, people with the following problems or conditions are at higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms:
- Heart diseases such as heart failure and cardiomyopathy
- Lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and cystic fibrosis
- Immune system disorders or weaknesses due to HIV, bone marrow transplantation, and taking certain medications
- Type one or two diabetes
- Obesity and overweight
- Liver diseases
- Kidney diseases
- High blood pressure
- Sickle cell disease
Coronavirus symptoms day by day
Usually, a viral reaction begins two to three days after the virus incubates in the body. Therefore, symptoms such as viral fever are seen in the first days of the disease. In general, the early days of infection are confusing because some people experience mild symptoms, and others may have no symptoms. The severity of the disease can usually be determined on days 5 to 10.
How long does COVID-19 last?
Most people need ten days after the onset of symptoms to get out of quarantine and be with others. People with underlying disease or those with impaired immune systems may need more time.