Although top public health experts have urged Americans to avoid traveling this holiday due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some people may still choose to plan for Christmas.
If you plan to meet with people who live outside the home this holiday season, it is best to know what COVID-19 looks like.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on its website that the symptoms of the new virus may range from mild to severe, and pointed out that “elderly people” and those with serious underlying diseases such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes People seem to have a higher risk of more serious complications due to COVID-19 disease. ”
Those infected can show a wide range of symptoms of the virus, with most symptoms appearing two to fourteen days after exposure to the virus.
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The most common symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of new taste or smell
- sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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For anyone who suspects that they may have been infected with the virus or show any of the above symptoms, diagnostic tests can confirm whether there is an active infection.
The CDC said: “The best way to prevent infection is to avoid contact with the virus.”