What is COVID-19?

Contents
  1. Symptoms of COVID-19
  2. Long term effects of contracting COVID-19
  3. Facts about COVID-19
  4. My personal experience of the "new normal"

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

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Symptoms of COVID-19

Watch out for these symptoms to keep you and your family safe. Some of the most common symptoms are fever, dry cough and tiredness while more serious symptoms are difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure and loss of speech or movement.

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Long term effects of contracting COVID-19

There are long term effects of contracting COVID-19. For example, Brain and Neurological Research from the Hackensack University Medical Center shows COVID-19 can affect the brain and central nervous system. Some people have reported symptoms like headaches, dizziness, trouble concentrating or recalling things and even hallucinations after recovering from COVID-19. Investigators indicate that symptoms are most common in patients who had severe forms of disease.

A recent study from the University of Frankfurt showed abnormal heart findings in more than 75% of the people they had studied who had recently recovered from COVID-19. A majority of patients in the study were found to have had inflammation (a physical condition in which a part of the body becomes swollen, hot, and often painful) in the heart.

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Facts about COVID-19

There are some very important facts you must know about this new pandemic. Just because you do not show symptoms of COVID-19 doesn't mean you have not contracted it. There have been cases where patients do not show the symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 until a few days after they test positive and some don't even show symptoms at all!

As of August 19 2020, 22 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide and those are just the confirmed cases. 777 thousand people have been confirmed dead from the virus. We get about 218,000-295,000 cases everyday and upwards of 4,400-6,900 deaths everyday. If the amount of deaths stay the same, we could have 589,600-924,600 additional deaths by the end of the year which means hypothetically, in the year 2020 coronavirus killed 1.7 million people.

My personal experience of the "new normal"

On April 7th 2020, the Singaporean circuit breaker started. Coincedentally, it was on birthday. For 83 days I did not leave my home at all during phase 1 and and I left the house for the first time on the 9th of June. Everyday, I would do HBL from about 8 am-2 pm then after that I would relax for a bit and then I would exercise. I also took up baking while I was at home.