Good luck, my doctor coughs dry but there is a little white phlegm … I don’t have a fever / shortness of breath but my throat is like stinging, is that a corona symptom …?
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Basically, most people who suffer from COVID-19 will experience fever and dry cough. Mild to severe shortness of breath can also occur, but usually people who experience severe shortness of breath are high-risk people such as the elderly and people with comorbidities. In most people, COVID-19 disease only gives mild symptoms, so it is indeed difficult to distinguish from ordinary respiratory tract virus infections. Therefore, to distinguish whether the symptoms that you are experiencing are a corona virus infection or an ordinary respiratory tract virus infection, COVID-19 examination must be done.
However, the number of examinations is still very limited, so the examination is only prioritized for certain groups such as people who do have clear exposure to people with COVID-19 as well as people who have clear symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath). If you are currently experiencing only a dry cough, then you are better advised to do self-isolation at home.
The following are some of the things that you need to do:
Remain at home and only leave the house in an emergency (for doctor's sake)
If you live with other people, then you are recommended to stay in your room alone and separate from others in your home
Minimize contact with people in your home, always wear a mask everywhere (unless you are alone in the house)
Wash your hands often, suggest that people in your home do the same
Disinfect your home as often as possible, especially on objects that you touch
Avoid eating from the same plate with others and do not use cutlery together
Practice the correct cough etiquette, cover your nose and mouth with the inside of your elbows
Keep a healthy lifestyle such as sleeping and getting enough rest, eating and drinking enough, exercising enough, and not smoking
Always monitor your symptoms and measure your body temperature with a thermometer. If you experience fever and shortness of breath too, especially if your shortness of breath is heavy, immediately contact 119 ext 9 to find out further examination flow
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