COVID-19 - Are You At Risk?

Date: 31 January 2021
Written by: KLIHC

Are You At Risk?

Before COVID-19 struck in early 2019, falling ill was not that big of a deal; symptoms like a fever, cough and flu were often shrugged off with the notion that things will get better with a good night’s rest. But the ongoing pandemic has rendered this mindset dangerously archaic as we may suffer a barrage of serious complications later on. However, it is not as straightforward as sitting for a test as there are those who are asymptomatic; which goes to say they MAY be infected, but do not display the symptoms non-asymptomatic people would have. 

If you do not develop any symptoms but suspect that you may have contracted the virus, the only sure fire way of confirming it is by getting a . The following list includes symptoms that are typically seen in a COVID-19 patient.

A rule of thumb is that your temperature should never exceed 37.8 degrees celsius!

Continuous coughing

Loss of sense of taste or smell.

Other Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue 
  • Headaches 
  • Sore throat 
  • Body aches or pain


If you have developed one or two of the following symptoms, it does not mean you have been infected. Chances are you are just experiencing a mild illness that does not require serious medical attention. However, it is advisable that you book a test for confirmation! And while you are at it, refrain from going out for a week or two until the symptoms abate, continue sanitizing and washing your hands regularly. 

When to get medical attention:

  • You are unable to cope with the symptoms at home 
  • Your symptoms have not abated and are getting worse 
  • You develop new symptoms after a week 
  • You suffer persistent pain in the chest 
  • You find it difficult to focus on a task like reading, looking at your computer screen etc 
  • You develop symptoms and have a pre-existing health condition like heart problems, kidney disease and etc
  • You have bluish lips or face 

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