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How do COVID-19 patients feel as their illness progresses?

posted Jul 2, 2020, 11:47 AM by Dr. Curtis Cripe

If you or a family member is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, acting early could save their life or yours. It can also limit the effects of the virus in your home and in your community, according to Dr. Curtis Cripe. As you or your family member self-isolate in order to assess and contain the possible threat, it is important for caregivers to know what to look for later on. Here are some symptoms shown by COVID-19 patients as their sickness progresses.

Day 1 The first day of showing the symptoms may not necessarily be the day you came in to contact with the virus. It is possible that you were asymptomatic and Day 1 is the first day that you showed symptoms. Early symptoms of COVID-19 include tiredness, dry cough, and a high fever. 

Day 5 By the fifth day, symptoms begin to worsen. This is where people with the disease usually experience difficulty in breathing, as well as chest pains. For people with pre-existing conditions or are over the age of 60, the condition could be worse.

Day 8 Patients with severe cases are experiencing shortness of breath, pneumonia, or acute respiratory distress syndrome. More often than not, coronavirus fatalities are caused by ARDS.

Day 10 According to Dr. Curtis Cripe, the 10th day is often the most crucial for people with COVID-19. If there are no signs of recovery or their symptoms are getting worse, patients are often transferred to intensive care units.

Dr. Curtis Cripe is a multidisciplinary neuroengineer and aerospace engineer whose diverse background includes software development, bioengineering, addiction recovery, psychophysiology, psychology, brain injury, and child neurodevelopment. Dr. Curtis Cripe was asked to participate in a White House - NASA committee for TeleHealth/TeleMedicine during the COVID-19. His committee has been asked to spear head long term and on-going TeleHealth and TeleMedicine protocols and procedures that can be followed during the current and future Pandemics as well as TeleMedicine and TeleHealth even after the COVID-19 diminishes. The committee proposals have been accepted and is now moving forward Internationally with UN participation. To know more about Dr. Cripe and his work, visit this website.