Cough More Than A Week Is Corona?
Doc, sorry I want to ask. After a week I cough up phlegm never getting better, I also have 10 days of WFH but sometimes I still travel when there is something important. I feel I never communicate with outsiders, every time I travel I always wear a mask and always go home wash your hands even bathing. But it’s been a week that my cough has not changed, yesterday had diarrhea 1 day, my body temperature is still normal 36.4. Is there a possibility that my cough is covid19 doc?
Thank you for the question.
Looking at current trends, the symptoms of COVID-19 can be very varied, can be mild, can also be severe. Cough and diarrhea that you experience can also be part of the symptoms of COVID-19. However, if it is true that you feel you have complied with government recommendations to maintain personal hygiene and maintain social distance, then your risk of contracting the disease seems quite small. Although, 100% can not be removed also the possibility that you are infected with this disease, for example if there is indeed living in an outbreak area of COVID-19 or if there are people near you who also suffer from COVID-19 but are asymptomatic so that you are not aware of.
In addition to COVID-19, many other types of viruses and bacteria can also make you cough not go away, for example streotococcus, influenza, tuberculosis, and so on. Apart from viral or bacterial infections, coughing can also occur due to gastroesophageal reflux disease, allergies or irritation in the respiratory tract, foreign body entry, asthma, lung cancer, and so on.
If only the cough that you are currently experiencing, without any severe symptoms such as high fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, wheezing, and so on, you should not panic. Overcome your complaint first with the following tricks:
Eat and drink warm, non-greasy, no artificial sweets
Don't talk too much let alone shout
Rest in the house, don't go out unless it's an emergency
Use a mask while still coughing
Do not exchange any personal items (including eating and drinking utensils) with others
Improve personal hygiene and the environment in which you live
Do not smoke, stay away from smoke, dust, pollution, and other things that are prone to exacerbate a cough
Regularly exercise and eat lots of fruit so that the immune system is maintained
Do not carelessly take cough medicine without doctor's advice
If the cough does not go away for more than 2 weeks, or if you have been in contact with sufferers / suspects of COVID-19, then even if there are no signs of danger, you should still go to a doctor or internist. If necessary, your doctor will recommend that you undergo an x-ray examination, sputum test, throat swab, or other supporting tests in order to give you the right treatment.
Hope this helps ...