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7 Things to Know if You’ve Been Exposed to Coronavirus/Covid-19

by | Feb 3, 2021 | Inpatient Services, Outpatient Services

The coronavirus pandemic has affected everybody in some way. Even though many businesses have reopened, there is still concern and risk because the virus is still with us. The reality is that thousands of people are still infected every day, and hundreds of people in the United States alone are dying daily.

The virus is going to be with us until we developed a vaccine. Therefore, it is important for everyone to keep a few important points when it comes to the coronavirus.

How Long After Exposure Does It Take to Get Coronavirus?

The amount of time it will take to contract viral symptoms after exposure can vary. First, those who are exposed to the virus do have a chance of getting infected relatively quickly. Even though the virus will enter the body immediately, symptoms might not appear for some time. In some cases, symptoms of the coronavirus may not show up for close to two weeks.

For this reason, it is important for everyone to remain cautious. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with the virus should quarantine for 14 days as instructed by a doctor. Often, someone can pass the virus to somebody else even though they did not know they were infected, a factor that has contributed to the quick spread of the virus.

What Does Having the Coronavirus Feel Like?

Like other infections, the symptoms of the coronavirus can vary widely from person to person. For example, people who are relatively young and healthy might not show any symptoms at all. This is another reason why the virus is so easy to pass.

The numbers show the coronavirus is far more severe for those who are of advanced age and those who have pre-existing conditions. Some of the most common pre-existing conditions include obesity, diabetes, and any condition that weakens the immune system.

The weaker the immune system is, the more severe the symptoms of the infection are going to be. As a result, those who are elderly or have pre-existing conditions might develop high fevers, chills, fatigue, and severe respiratory distress. In some cases, these symptoms might result in hospitalization.

How Is COVID-19 Tested?

In general, tests for the coronavirus are handled via nasal swab. Even though there are other tests that are being developed, this swab is still the most common. There are two different types of tests available to the public.

The first is called a viral test. This test is designed to detect proteins that are attached to the coronavirus. If these proteins are positive, it means that someone has been infected with the virus and still has an active infection.

The alternative type for the virus is called an antibody test. This test is designed to detect the immune system’s response to the virus. Antibodies are created when the body works to fight the disease. The antibody test
is used to detect those who had been exposed to the virus in the past and have already recovered.

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Is it Possible to Have the Flu and Covid-19 at the Same Time?

Yes, it is possible to test positive for both influenza and coronavirus at the same time. This is also true for other respiratory infections, so if you fear that you have any type of infection, then testing and social distancing is an ideal course of action.

If You Have Had COVID-19, Do You Still Test Positive for It?

If a person has recovered from COVID-19 the viral test should be negative. As alluded to above, it is possible for someone to get this infection, recover, and still test positive. The antibody test may be positive for months or years to come following COVID-19 infection.

In general, those who contract an infection will develop antibodies for it. The antibodies are help the body fight the infection more quickly if the disease returns. In this manner, an antibody test will continue to be positive even after someone has recovered.

What are the Day 2 Through Day 14 Symptoms of COVID-19?

Day 2 through day 14 symptoms of coronavirus can vary widely from person to person. In some situations, the infection might still be latent Therefore, some people might not show any symptoms at all. On the other hand, those who are developing a severe infection could develop fever, chills, respiratory distress, and severe fatigue.

Can Pets Get Infected with COVID-19 from Humans?

Yes, it is possible for humans to transmit the coronavirus to their pets. Even though this is unusual, there are reports of this transmission taking place. Therefore, those who contract infections should follow the advice of their doctors. They should quarantine from people and pets to prevent spreading the infection to other people.

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