COVID-19 has become a nightmare for every single human. Nobody in the world saw it coming. Some cases were reported in late 2019 in a few countries but nobody knew it’d turn into a pandemic this soon and ruin every corner of the world. The hysteria continues and it’s impacting almost every aspect of our lives. However, this is not the actual problem, the real problem is we don’t know when and how this pandemic is going to end, it is possible that this pandemic will never go and we might have to live with it.
Covid-19 affects different people in different ways.
Some of the few common symptoms are:
- Dry cough
Some of the symptoms are less common:
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Discoloration of fingers or toes
- A rash on the skin
However, there are a few serious symptoms as well which could cause a serious problem, one of them is shortness of breath.
Breathing Issue in Coronavirus:
Coronavirus is a respiratory disease. It could easily reach your respiratory tract, which basically includes your lungs. The range of breathing issues caused by coronavirus could go from mild to critical.
How Does Breathing Issue Feel Like?
Breathing issues can make it hard to breathe, you would feel like you are trapped in a box where there is no oxygen, no sign of air. It can leave you feeling winded.
Your chest may feel too close to even think about breathing in or breathing out completely. Each shallow breath requires much more effort and leaves you feeling gasping for air. It can feel like you’re breathing through a really thin pipe.
Breathing issue usually rules out the coronavirus. However, when it occurs with the key symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, dry cough, then you could say the person is affected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 is part of the coronavirus family. Shortness of breath usually occurs to a COVID-19 affected person after a few days.
When a person sneezes or coughs, the virus enters to your body through the tiny droplets and soon after it gets in your body, it starts to come into contact with the mucous membranes (Mucous membranes line covers the surface of internal organs including the mouth, nose, eyelids, trachea (windpipe) and lungs). Then the virus gets into a healthy cell and starts to use that healthy cell to make new virus parts. Eventually, it multiplies and infests all the nearby cells.
In mild or moderate cases, the virus travels into your respiratory tract but if you have a strong immune system then the immune system fights back and kills the infection as if the virus never entered your body. Around 80% of the people who are infected by COVID-19 have a mild issue of breathing.
There are thousands of other health conditions which can cause a breathing issue. If shortness of breath is the only symptom then there is not any chance that this could be because of COVID-19. However, shortness of breath could be a warning sign if it is accompanied by fever, dry cough, tiredness. At this point, you should go for a test.
Coronavirus seems like a new condition to the world, scientists are trying to learn more about this virus every single day and what it could do to your respiratory tracts.
Of course, you could avoid the virus if you can make a habit of wearing a mask every day because that’s the actual part (nose & mouth) of your body from where this virus has a chance to enter. Don’t panic, just take better precautions and everything will be fine.