As the world learns more about the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, more and more symptoms are becoming apparent. That has led the CDC to revise its list of symptoms to accommodate the new information. Here’s a rundown of the most recent information so that you and your elderly family member can stay informed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Initially, There Were Only a Few Symptoms
When the coronavirus pandemic first began, there were only a few symptoms that were known to be part of the illness. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath were the earliest indications of Covid-19. These symptoms are still applicable, but as doctors and scientists learn more about the virus and the illness it causes, they’re starting to recognize additional symptoms.
Four New Symptoms Have Been Added to the List
Many, but not all, people with Covid-19 experience muscle pain, sore throat, chills, or a sudden loss of smell or taste. There are other symptoms that are considered “unofficial” right now, including nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. The key is to be alert for any unusual symptoms and address the symptoms as well as possible. Very often even with suspected cases of Covid-19 your senior’s doctor may recommend she stays home and treats the symptoms.
Emergency Symptoms Are Important to Know
There are some emergency symptoms that you need to know as well. Those include increased difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, sudden confusion, and blue-tinted lips or face. These can all indicate that your senior is having serious difficulty breathing and may be experiencing a significant oxygen deficit. If your senior exhibits these symptoms, she needs emergency treatment as quickly as possible.
Talk to Your Senior’s Doctor
The bottom line is that if your elderly family member starts to experience any unusual symptoms, but especially cough with a fever, contact her doctor right away. Your senior’s doctor can ask some screening questions and determine if it’s likely that she may be dealing with Covid-19. If her doctor does think that a test is in order, your senior will get information that directs her to a testing site.
Staying at home as much as possible, maintaining social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a mask are all part of your senior’s best plans to avoid the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Elderly care providers can help your senior in a variety of ways to ensure that she’s able to stick to that plan.
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