“COVID symptoms sneezing” and “precautions for COVID-19” are top searches related to the pandemic. There may be good news on the COVID front, though, for a couple of reasons. First, sneezing is not listed as a symptom of COVID. Also, the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should be ready by December 2020 and widespread availability will be around April 2021. In the meantime, the number of COVID cases has been rising in various parts of our country and the world. Awareness of symptoms of the disease and the best precautions that can be taken to avoid contracting COVID-19 remain important.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The many people making an online search for “COVID-19 headache symptoms” will find that a headache is among the symptoms listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. The CDC lists the following symptoms of the disease:
- Chills or fever
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Body or muscle aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of smell or taste
- Runny nose or congestion
- Vomiting or nausea
There is somewhat of a disclaimer on the CDC site because it also says their list does not include all possible symptoms. In other words, those who have the following symptoms and make searches may or may not be in the clear:
- “GI symptoms COVID”
- “COVID symptoms dizziness”
- “COVID symptoms earache”
- “COVID symptoms sneezing”
When to See a Doctor
The people who are most at risk for suffering from serious effects of COVID-19 are older adults and people with severe underlying health conditions, including lung disease, diabetes, and heart disease. According to the CDC, you may not necessarily need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms of COVID-19. However, if your symptoms become worse or if they have become severe, that is the time to seek medical care. Severe symptoms include the following:
- Persistent pressure or pain in the chest
- Inability to stay awake or to wake up
- Bluish face or lips
Precautions for COVID-19
The following are recommended precautions for COVID-19 and they make sense because they address the issue of how the disease is spread.
Wash Your Hands Often
The proper way to wash your hands as one of the best precautions for COVID-19 is to use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after you have been in a public place or after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose. You can use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol content or more in the absence of soap and water; cover your hand entirely and contine rubbing until they feel dry. The following are among the times when it is most important to wash your hands:
- Before preparing or eating food
- Before touching your face
- After using the restroom
- After you’ve left a public place
- After caring for a person who is ill
Avoid Close Contact
Inside your home, try to maintain at least 6 feet between a sick person and other members of the household.
Outside of your home, keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and individuals who do not live in your household.
Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Mask
Even if you don’t feel ill, you could spread COVID-19 to others. Wearing a mask is a precautionary measure that protects other people from you in case you are infected.
Clean and Disinfect
Clean dirty surfaces and then use a household disinfectant. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected daily, including:
- Light switches
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