How Can You Be Sure Your Common Cold Is Not Coronavirus Infection? Dubai Doctor Explains
The rising number of coronavirus cases across the globe is very alarming. And now that weather is fluctuating and a few residents suffer from flu, how does one make sure it's not coronavirus infection?
"If a person has symptoms and has been in close contact with a person that is confirmed to have COVID-19, they will need to be seen by a health care practitioner to exclude nCOV Most patients will be isolated until the swabs are confirmed negative. This could mean admission to hospital in 24-48 hours," Dr. Jacques Malan, Consultant Emergency Physician and Head of Department at the Mediclinic City Hospital in Dubai, was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
She confirmed that like any viruses, coronavirus symptoms are 'flu-like', including fever, cough, runny nose, general body ache, and breathing complaints.
"People at higher risk for developing severe symptoms and disease progression if they're at the extremes of age and have other respiratory or immune diseases," Dr. Jacques continued.
But if you have these symptoms, when is the best time to visit a doctor?
She said that if one develops respiratory symptoms and have traveled from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Japan in the past 14 days or have had contact with a confirmed case, he or she must be tested for nCOV.
"The incubation period for most coronaviruses, including nCOV, is two-14 days, with the peak onset of symptoms being five to seven days," she added.