How to understand that you have carried the virus “on your feet”
Doctors allegedly identified 5 main signs of the asymptomatic course of COVID-19.
“The new virus is still under study, but we have every reason to believe that they have already been ill with more people than we think,” says Adar Punavalla, head of the Serum Institute in the Indian city of Pune, who is involved in the development of a vaccine with the University of Oxford . According to the European medical community, it is this group of researchers who has a chance to present their brainchild to the world in September.
As part of the development of the vaccine, a wide variety of studies were conducted in Oxford, during which a working version arose that the coronavirus took over the world much earlier than we officially knew about it.
“Asymptomatic – in this case, a figure of speech,” they say at the Serum Institute. – There are undoubtedly signs of a mild course of COVID-19. Another thing is that a person may simply not compare them with a coronavirus.
So, according to the researchers, it is possible to suspect that you transferred COVID-19 “on your feet” if you had all 5 of the following symptoms at the same time (or continuously changing each other) for 10-14 days.
1. Change in sense of smell. We often hear about loss of smell during coronavirus infection. But this is a symptom of an active disease. With a mild form, your “scent” may not disappear for good, but it will necessarily change: odors become dull or are felt differently. Scientists attribute this to the fact that the proteins contained in the cells of the nasopharynx are one of the first to respond to the appearance of coronavirus in the body. If you feel that the smells have become muffled for you or the usual aromas are perceived differently, this may be the first symptom of the so-called “asymptomatic” course. Be vigilant and take care of yourself and others, do not become an involuntary peddler of infection.
2. Weakness and weakness. This is not about simple fatigue, but about increased fatigue, not typical for you at another time. If the usual actions (work, household chores, physical activity, etc.) began to be given to you with great difficulty, it can be assumed that your body throws all its forces to fight the viral agent.
3. Gastric pain. Some time ago, pain in the stomach was not associated with coronavirus. However, now doctors recall that pain in the abdomen can occur due to the development of inflammation in the lower lobes of the lungs. Also, abdominal pains can be an independent symptom of COVID-19 with the so-called “oral-fecal” (and not airborne) infection and the “intestinal form” of the course, which, according to current studies, is generally easier to carry.
4. An upset bowel. Diarrhea that is not associated with eating disorders, laxatives, or poisoning is a likely sign of the very “intestinal form” of COVID-19, which most often occurs when a virus agent does not enter the body through the airborne droplets (through the saliva of an infected person), but surfaces of objects in the oral cavity.
5. Inflammation of the eye mucosa. A symptom rather unexpected for the “crown”, but it is indicative if it is manifested along with 4 others. Ingestion of COVID-19 may cause mild follicular conjunctivitis, resulting in itching and redness of the eyes. In more severe forms, it also leads to suppuration in the area of the lacrimal ducts and burning.
According to doctors, if all 5 signs visited you at a time or replaced each other within 10-14 days, you have reason to believe that you transferred coronavirus in a mild form, although only the test will give the final answer.
Allergists recall that the 1st and 5th signs during May-June can also occur in people with hay fever – an allergy to pollination and flowering plants. But in this case, they can easily be removed with the usual allergic drugs antihistamines.
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