What happens when you get the coronavirus disease?
For most people, the symptoms end with a cough and a fever. More than 8 in 10 cases are mild. But for some, the infection gets more severe. About 5 to 8 days after symptoms begin, they have shortness of breath (known as dyspnea).
How does COVID-19 affect the body?
Viruses attack the body by infecting cells directly. In the case of COVID-19, the virus primarily attacks the lungs. However, it can also cause your body to produce an overactive immune response which can lead to increased inflammation throughout the body.
Are COVID-19 tests 100% reliable?
No test is 100% reliable, even those who meet regulatory standards for performance and safety. The results are also only relevant to that sample at that point in time.
What does a negative COVID-19 antibody test result mean?
A negative result means the test did not detect COVID-19 coronavirus antibodies so it is unlikely you’ve had the coronavirus before.However, it is possible to have had the virus and receive a negative antibody result. This can happen for some people because they do not develop antibodies, or their level of antibodies is too low for the test to detect.
What does it mean to receive a positive PCR COVID-19 test result 90 days after recovery?
If a person is re-tested by PCR after 90 days from their initial illness onset or test and is found to be positive, this should be considered as a possible new infection. If they have developed new COVID-19 symptoms, they would need to self-isolate again and their contacts should be traced.
Why antibody tests are needed for COVID-19?
The value of antibody tests is currently limited to:• answering the question of whether someone has had the virus before• providing data and a greater understanding on the spread of the virus
How long do I need to self isolate if you are a contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19?
If you have been informed that you are a contact of a person who has had a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 , you must stay at home and complete 10 full days isolation. Your isolation period includes the date of your last contact with them and the next ten full days.
What are some tips to protect oneself during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from people you’re not meeting with – you can choose to have close contact with friends and family, see advice about meeting friends and family safely on GOV.UK
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
What can I do if I feel lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic?
1. Explore ways to spend time together2. Be more social and check in regularly3. Share your feelings but don’t compare4. Do more things you enjoy5. Stay busy by learning something new6. Volunteer to help others7. Join an online community