These are scary times we’re living in. And just when it felt like things were starting to get better, out came the 2nd wave of coronavirus. The pandemic has had an enormous impact on all our lives. The so-called ‘new normal’ is not normal at all. Every day the Covid positive count goes up and so does the death count. The lack of hospital beds and medicines have made things worse. In between this, there came a huge ray of hope which was the Coronavirus vaccine. This vaccine became our saviour, and it absolutely is. But along with the vaccine came the 2nd wave of the pandemic in India which is even worse than before. As more and more people are getting vaccinated, the statistics of people who are becoming covid positive also keeps increasing.
The 2nd wave of Coronavirus brought with it some new complications as well. Apparently, it came with a few new symptoms that are different from the 1st wave of Coronavirus. So, to help you be aware of the current situation of the pandemic and to let you understand some very useful and important facts about the 2nd wave, the following is a guide you should read thoroughly. We’ve tried to answer the biggest questions that people had about the 2nd wave. We hope that this article will be useful to you.
What are the new symptoms of Covid-19?
Fever: This is one of the most obvious symptoms of Coronavirus. This is a common symptom between both the variants of the virus. Along with fever, you may also experience cold symptoms like congestion and runny nose
Unusual Cough: Cough is another very common symptom of COVID-19 but a newer symptom is a persistent cough with a sound different from the usual cough. This cough is different from a smoker’s cough.
Pink eye: A study done in China showed pink eye or conjunctivitis as a sign of COVID-19 infection. Because of pink eyes, you may develop redness, swelling and your eyes may become watery. These symptoms were shown in the 12 participants who got infected with a new strain of Coronavirus.
Breathlessness: A report in Lans Live showed that dyspnea or difficulty in breathing along with uneasiness in the chest, and heart palpitations can be symptoms of the new Covid-19 strain.
Gastrointestinal Problems: According to researchers, Covid positive patients may experience gastrointestinal complaints. The COVID-19 infection impacts the upper respiratory system, although, according to a new study, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, and pain are also signs of coronavirus.
Heart Palpitations: Heart palpitations or a feeling of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart are also signs of Covid positivity. A study published in JAMA Cardiology said that 78 percent of the recovered COVID-19 patients reported cardiac involvement, while 60% had ongoing myocardial inflammation.
Loss of Taste and Smell: There are many symptoms of COVID-19 but the most distinct one is the loss of smell and taste. Losing the functions of your olfactory senses can be a very difficult thing to cope with.
If you have any of the above symptoms then, please visit your nearest health care clinic/hospital to get advice. Your safety and the safety of the people around you is in your hands.
What are the symptoms that can occur after recovery from COVID-19?
Fatigue: Whenever we recover from any illness or viral infection, it takes our body some time to heal. During this period, people often get tired easily. Normally this lasts only for a few days. But COVID recovered patients may suffer from fatigue and exhaustion lasting up to six months. According to a study, around 63% of patients reported suffering from fatigue, weakness, muscle pain for almost six months after the first symptoms showed up.
Brain Fog: COVID recovery patients have recently reported having neurological symptoms. In a study, 58% of long COVID patients reported signs of brain fog or mental confusion. For some severe cases, these issues can include memory loss or sleep deprivation. This is not a common symptom and it may be possible that you do not experience this.
If you’re having severe symptoms even a few weeks after recovering from Covid-19, then contact your doctor immediately.
How to get tested for Coronavirus in India?
According to the latest guidelines, if you suspect that you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should visit your nearest health facility and the doctor will decide if you need to be tested for COVID-19, depending on your symptoms, history of travel and contact with any other suspects.
How much will it cost to get tested for Coronavirus in India?
The Indian Government has made the testing of Coronavirus free at government laboratories across India. But, the test is not free in private labs. The cost of Coronavirus tests in private labs will depend on your state. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has left it to state governments to decide the cost of Covid-19 tests. Covid-19 testing at private labs is only possible after it is prescribed by a qualified doctor.
How to get tested for free?
You can call the Coronavirus helpline number if you have symptoms like cough, fever, or difficulty in breathing. To get a free test of Coronavirus:
Call the Covid helpline number 91-11-23978046 or 1075(Toll Free) and report your symptoms. You can also call your state specific helpline number given here: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf
If you meet the protocols of testing, you will be tested at a government approved lab.
How long will it take to get the results of the Covid test?
Labs are instructed to send results within 24-48 hours. It may take longer depending on the testing center.