Understanding the Risks of COVID-19

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Understanding the Risks of COVID-19

Risks of COVID-19: Though it has been almost 5 months into this pandemic but there are specific factors that are yet unknown. There is no news about how to get immunity from the infection and how long this can last and also the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR). This crisis can be handled effectively only after we get a clear understanding of the different risks posed by the COVID-19.

The government needs to take antibody testing in masses and also scale up the capacity of healthcare totally for managing the uncertainties that are critical. The high-risk population needs a separate strategy to bring down the pandemic in the near future.

Why Risk Factors are Important:

Those with risk factors might be more likely to need intensive care and hospitalization if they get infected with the Corona Virus. There is a possibility that for this segment of society the virus might prove to be fatal.

Learning about the risk-factors of the virus might be helpful.

You need to be aware how your medical condition could affect your personal health if you get COVID-19.

  • Take the required precautions when you step out of the house or go about your day-to-day life.
  • You can reduce the risks of COVID-19 by managing the condition you have that are considered as ‘risk factors’.
  • Anticipate the medical help you might require when you get sick.

Learning about Risk Factors for Severe Disease:

More studies are needed to understand the risk factors of COVID-19 totally as this is a new disease. The potential risks factors identified so far are

  1. Ethnicity/race
  2. Use of specific medications
  3. Age
  4. Gender
  5. Crowding and Poverty
  6. Pregnancy
  7. Certain types of occupations
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Reducing the Risks of COVID-19:

As said, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and you need to adopt ways and means to avoid the risks of getting infected with this virus. Here are few tips that can help you out with this. Make sure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water and if this is not possible carry a bottle of sanitizer with you when you step out of the house. Practice ‘social distancing’ by keeping a distance of a minimum of 2 meters from anyone around you. Understand the disease and make sure you go the hospital on time. Ensure you take your annual flu shot.

Symptoms:

You need to call your doctor if you know that you have been in contact with someone suffering from COVID-19. You can get the following symptoms within 14 days.

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Body/Muscle Aches
  • Stuffy Nose/Congestion
  • New loss of smell and taste

The CDC lets anyone test for COVID-19 with a referral from a physician.

Understanding the risks and resources along with risk preferences and outcomes is important for bringing down the risk and avoiding the serious outcomes, not only for an individual but also for the government. The approach should now be of managing risks along with managing the uncertainties.

Originally posted 2020-08-03 17:21:27.