The first three days of symptoms are important. In this period, you can try to eliminate the virus in the nose and sinuses and not let it get into your lungs by taking plenty of steam and warm water. If your symptoms are mild or your taste and smell has gone, you may have mild Covid-19. If you have high fever and body pain, it will probably be moderate or severe Covid-19.
While every patient is different, doctors say that days five through 10 of the illness are often the most worrisome time for respiratory complications of Covid-19, particularly for older patients and those with underlying conditions like high blood pressure, obesity or diabetes. Younger patients who develop complications may begin struggling a little later, as late as days 10 to 12. Most people who reach day 14 without any worrying symptoms are likely to be on the road to recovery.
If your symptoms do not subside in three days and fever increases from the third or fourth day, it means that the virus has reached inside your lungs. Now reduce the steam – one or twice a day as it causes dryness in the lungs and poses difficulty in breathing. Your goal now is to control the multiplication of viruses. If the fever does not subside by day 5 but still sub 101 (not high), you may need to start the below antiviral on consultation with your doctor.
Even if most COVID-19 cases are mild in nature and could be well-managed at home, there’s a pertinent need to monitor and evaluate symptoms after Day 05 of the onset of symptoms. If you are someone who is in the middle or his/her recovery, or has recently tested positive, here’s what you need to remember:
many people experience very mild symptoms or are even asymptomatic. However, it’s only through day 5-10 that the actual severity of your infection can be determined. According to experts, days 5 to 10 of your isolation period can also shed light on the likelihood of the complications you may suffer post COVID, and hint at the actual severity of your infection.
Days 5-10 may be the time when the intensity of symptoms can be more severe. Some can also feel like they are starting to get better, only to be hit by a worsening spell of symptoms. This may also be the time when the warning signs of hospitalization, such as a dip in oxygen saturation levels, delirium, increasing fever could strike. Patients can also expect a worsening of respiratory symptoms, experience discomfort, heaviness, breathing issues. Hypoxia, the critical condition when oxygen levels go too low without other visible symptoms could also occur in the second phase of infection. This is also the reason why days 5-10 of the 14-day recovery period are considered super important, and often considered the days to watch out for during the recovery timeline.
Serious COVID-19 cases, as we are seeing right now during the second wave of infections, need proper care and hospitalized support. Therefore, stay in touch with your medical care provider, keep tracking your symptoms and get help.