On October 5 2020, President Donald Trump, who was recently plagued with COVID-19, stated: “Do not let COVID take over your lives.” However, is there a reason why this infamous virus should take over our lives? To answer this question, let us analyze the stages and symptoms of being diagnosed with the virus. According to research conducted in the U.K, coronavirus groups can be placed into 6 stages and clusters:
Stage 1: As the antibodies have only recently entered the bloodstream, symptoms are quite tame compared to other stages. According to the CDC, it can take from as early as 2 days to as late as 2 weeks to begin feeling symptoms. At this stage, symptoms may include mild headache, muscle cramps, sore throat, chest pains, and trouble smelling. These symptoms, however, will worsen as stages progress
Stage 2: At this point, the person who contracted the virus has begun to feel the previously mentioned symptoms. However, these symptoms begin to worsen to the point where death feels almost inevitable. In addition, a fever begins to develop where the body temperature can rise to almost 105 degrees. Other symptoms include hoarseness in one’s voice and a loss of appetite.
Stage 3: Stage 3 can be considered as the gastrointestinal stage of the virus: in other words, symptoms begin to develop in the stomach and intestines, which are necessary for proper digestion. The virus entering our gastrointestinal tract leave the sufferer feeling further chest pains and a stronger loss of appetite, even to the point of vomiting. Along with the previously mentioned symptoms, other symptoms include diarrhea and more difficult digestion.
Stage 4: At this point, the muscles in the body have adjusted to the virus and so muscle pain should subside. However, headache, sore throat, hoarseness, and the other mentioned symptoms still linger, which is quite fatal. Also at this stage, the sufferer will begin to feel fatigue and confusion, which can lead to nausea and, in worse cases, death. Other symptoms include chest pains and coughing.
Stage 5: The symptoms in this stage are the same as in Stage 4, but, as expected, these symptoms worsen. According to an interview conducted by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), a former victim of coronavirus said it was “the worst pain ever experienced”. It is also at this stage where most people, especially elders and people in lower income communities, began to pass on. However, there is still one more stage to endure…
Stage 6: The final stage of coronavirus is also referred to as the abdomial stage. At this point, the virus has infected the entire body and now begins entering the abdomen. This can lead to more stomach pains, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, and respiratory illness. What this means is that, not only is coronavirus fatal, but it can lead to other illnesses as well. It normally takes about 2 to 3 weeks for coronavirus to finally subside.
Through an analysis of these symptoms, it is no wonder everybody is wearing masks and quarantining themselves when possible. It is also easy to see why the death rate from the virus is so high, over 200,000 in fact. So should we let COVID dominate our lives so that we can make our health a priority? Or do we return to normal and run the risk of contracting these symptoms? If action and priority is not taken against this virus, it is not unlikely that deaths will be a recurring feature in the years to come.