We are in a ‘new normal’ world, the same symptoms you had before Covid-19 has transitioned to be a suspected case of Covid-19 infection. This makes it all the more difficult for people to determine whether they’re suffering from a viral infection or are victims of the novel coronavirus.
The raging pandemic has shortened the earthly sojourn of over two million people while causing others to scamper for safety with the health sector painstakingly working to find a cure or a vaccine to end the reign of the pandemic. And there has been a huge breakthrough in that regard.
The deadly disease has rendered many children either fatherless or mother, or both, some have lost their spouses, relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbours, due to this unseeable (except with microscope) micro-organisms.
And due to the economic fallout as a result of the global scourge, many have lost their jobs, some have sunk into depression. Here in Nigeria, our healthcare facilities have been overwhelmed, yet the disease is still present, the second wave is a constant reminder.
We are in the second wave and the lockdown has been lifted, there is need to Independently take precautionary care of oneself. Use your face masks, observe social distancing, wash your hands regularly with soap, use your sanitiser, etc.
Covid-19 is easily caught since it is transmitted through bodily contacts or contact with objects already touched by an infected person. There are two types of infected persons, the symptomatic person (this person displays signs of Covid-19) and the asymptomatic person (this person do not show signs of been infected and as such can easily pass it on to others).
It is important you do a Covid-19 test if you show signs or if you have come in contact with someone who has been declared positive.
Signs that indicate you should get a Covid-19 test
1. You show symptoms of COVID-19. Such as fever, persistent cough, loss of smell or test, continuous headache, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, sore throat, runny nose, etc.
2. People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider.
3. You have been involved in activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.
4. You have had physical contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, there are two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19:
- Viral tests and,
- Antibody tests.
1. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
2. An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection.
Covid-19 is REAL.