For days, health officials and local politicians have asked Americans to rethink travel plans before Thanksgiving, and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) go so far as to give advice on visiting family and friends when the coronavirus flaring historical levels of regions.
Nevertheless, the TSA reported that there were several days until Thanksgiving during which more than 1 million passengers were screened at the country’s airports. Previously, in the midst of an ongoing epidemic, there has been only one day since March that more than a million travelers have been registered in a single day.
Doctors at various hospitals have said they are now waiting for a potential influx of coronavirus-related illnesses and hospital care because people who were asymptomatic or didn’t know they were taking coronavirus with their relatives and friends and traveled by public transport.
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In case of potential exposure, it is important to know what symptoms to look out for. According to the CDC, symptoms of coronavirus may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. The disease may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, diarrhea and other illnesses.
The agency warns that anyone can have mild or severe symptoms, but older adults and people with severe underlying conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, appear to be at higher risk of developing more serious complications of COVID-19. .
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Persons who have difficulty breathing, persistent pain or chest pressure, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face should seek immediate medical attention.
Many of these symptoms are similar to the symptoms of the flu, which also circulates at this time of year. However, there are differences between the two that can help decipher which disease you may be suffering from.
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According to the CDC, the coronavirus spreads more easily than the flu virus and causes more serious illness. It may take longer for symptoms to appear in the treatment of the coronavirus, and people may remain infected for a longer period of time. However, changes or loss of taste or odor are characteristic of COVID-19, although testing may be required to determine if the disease is coronavirus or influenza.