COVID-19

coronavirus

COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a contagious disease. It is caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome called SARS-CoV-2. The first case of coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The disease has since spread worldwide. Coronavirus is transmitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.

Incubation Period

The incubation period for Coronavirus is 14 days, with a median time of 4-5 days of exposure. Those who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days. Most symptomatic people with the disease with symptoms may not notice them for two to seven days. 97.5% of people with COVID-19 who have symptoms will experience them within 11.5 days.

Symptoms in Adults

COVID-19 symptoms appear one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste.

Eighty-five percent of people develop mild to moderate symptoms, Fourteen percent develop severe symptoms such as dyspnea and hypoxia. Five percent of infected people often develop critical symptoms. They include respiratory failure, shock, and multiorgan dysfunction.

At least a third of infected people remain asymptomatic. Asymptomatic people do not develop noticeable symptoms. However, they still can spread the disease. Some people continue to experience a range of effects for months after recovery.

Symptoms in Children and Teens

Children can also be infected with COVID-19 and can spread the virus to others. Asymptomatic children can also spread the virus to others.

While most children with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms. However, many will not experience symptoms. However, some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. Some children require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die. Also, babies under the age of 1-year-old and children with certain underlying conditions may be more likely to experience a severe illness from COVID-19.

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