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What is Coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus

Fever, fatigue, dry cough. In some cases, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhoea and shortness of breath can also occur. These symptoms are mild and can occur gradually.

Bear in mind that in some cases, people can be infected without showing symptoms and without feeling ill (asymptomatic). It is common among children and young adults; however, they are still able to infect others! This is why it is important that everybody takes preventative measures seriously, even if they interact with healthy people.

The most important preventive measure is to stay at home and interact with a limited amount of people.

What to do when symptoms occur, or when interaction with an infected person has taken place?

Stay at home, do not go out. Call your doctor, do not go to the hospital. The doctor will answer your questions on the phone. If the symptoms appear to be a likely Coronavirus case, the doctor will send the ambulance, who will take you to a hospital. Tests will be provided at the hospital in order to assess your illness, whether it is Coronavirus or not. If the test is positive, you will be quarantined at the hospital. Treatment is based on the seriousness of the disease.

How serious can it be if you are infected?

In most cases symptoms are mild, like a flu. Most people (around 80%) recover without any special treatment or without noticing the illness. Unfortunately, they are still able to infect others.

Coronavirus is dangerous to the elderly or people with serious preexisting conditions. One in every six people infected is showing serious symptoms, such as shortness of breath. It is more likely among people who suffer from other serious diseases, for example high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes.

You can find detailed information about Coronavirus in English on the WHO Coronavirus information site.