These are scary times we’re living in. And just when it felt like things were starting to get better, out came the 2nd wave of coronavirus. The pandemic has had an enormous impact on all our lives. The so-called ‘new normal’ is not normal at all. Every day the Covid positive count goes up and so does the death count. The lack of hospital beds and medicines have made things worse. In between this, there came a huge ray of hope which was the Coronavirus vaccine. This vaccine became our saviour, and it absolutely is. But along with the vaccine came the 2nd wave of the pandemic in India which is even worse than before. As more and more people are getting vaccinated, the statistics of people who are becoming covid positive also keeps increasing.
The 2nd wave of Coronavirus brought with it some new complications as well. Apparently, it came with a few new symptoms that are different from the 1st wave of Coronavirus. So, to help you be aware of the current situation of the pandemic and to let you understand some very useful and important facts about the 2nd wave, the following is a guide you should read thoroughly. We’ve tried to answer the biggest questions that people had about the 2nd wave. We hope that this article will be useful to you.
What are the new symptoms of Covid-19?
Fever: This is one of the most obvious symptoms of Coronavirus. This is a common symptom between both the variants of the virus. Along with fever, you may also experience cold symptoms like congestion and runny nose
Unusual Cough: Cough is another very common symptom of COVID-19 but a newer symptom is a persistent cough with a sound different from the usual cough. This cough is different from a smoker’s cough.
Pink eye: A study done in China showed pink eye or conjunctivitis as a sign of COVID-19 infection. Because of pink eyes, you may develop redness, swelling and your eyes may become watery. These symptoms were shown in the 12 participants who got infected with a new strain of Coronavirus.
Breathlessness: A report in Lans Live showed that dyspnea or difficulty in breathing along with uneasiness in the chest, and heart palpitations can be symptoms of the new Covid-19 strain.
Gastrointestinal Problems: According to researchers, Covid positive patients may experience gastrointestinal complaints. The COVID-19 infection impacts the upper respiratory system, although, according to a new study, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, and pain are also signs of coronavirus.
Heart Palpitations: Heart palpitations or a feeling of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart are also signs of Covid positivity. A study published in JAMA Cardiology said that 78 percent of the recovered COVID-19 patients reported cardiac involvement, while 60% had ongoing myocardial inflammation.
Loss of Taste and Smell: There are many symptoms of COVID-19 but the most distinct one is the loss of smell and taste. Losing the functions of your olfactory senses can be a very difficult thing to cope with.
If you have any of the above symptoms then, please visit your nearest health care clinic/hospital to get advice. Your safety and the safety of the people around you is in your hands.
What are the symptoms that can occur after recovery from COVID-19?
Fatigue: Whenever we recover from any illness or viral infection, it takes our body some time to heal. During this period, people often get tired easily. Normally this lasts only for a few days. But COVID recovered patients may suffer from fatigue and exhaustion lasting up to six months. According to a study, around 63% of patients reported suffering from fatigue, weakness, muscle pain for almost six months after the first symptoms showed up.
Brain Fog: COVID recovery patients have recently reported having neurological symptoms. In a study, 58% of long COVID patients reported signs of brain fog or mental confusion. For some severe cases, these issues can include memory loss or sleep deprivation. This is not a common symptom and it may be possible that you do not experience this.
If you’re having severe symptoms even a few weeks after recovering from Covid-19, then contact your doctor immediately.
How to get tested for Coronavirus in India?
According to the latest guidelines, if you suspect that you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should visit your nearest health facility and the doctor will decide if you need to be tested for COVID-19, depending on your symptoms, history of travel and contact with any other suspects.
How much will it cost to get tested for Coronavirus in India?
The Indian Government has made the testing of Coronavirus free at government laboratories across India. But, the test is not free in private labs. The cost of Coronavirus tests in private labs will depend on your state. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has left it to state governments to decide the cost of Covid-19 tests. Covid-19 testing at private labs is only possible after it is prescribed by a qualified doctor.
How to get tested for free?
You can call the Coronavirus helpline number if you have symptoms like cough, fever, or difficulty in breathing. To get a free test of Coronavirus:
How long will it take to get the results of the Covid test?
Labs are instructed to send results within 24-48 hours. It may take longer depending on the testing center.
What should you do if you’re tested positive?
Once you receive your diagnosis, immediately consult your doctor for follow-up advice. From the medicines you would need to take, dietary changes needed and the course needed to follow, your doctor will guide you in the best possible way. If you are advised to do home isolation, make sure to quarantine yourself in a well-ventilated room with a separate bathroom. Have your own utilities and utensils which you would be using for the next two weeks. People around you who have come in contact with you should get a COVID test done too.
During this period, you would need help from someone. If you live alone, it’s just as important to have someone to help and check in on you. From meals, groceries, medications and emergency situations, you need to keep someone updated at all times.
Can you get vaccinated?
If you are above 45 years of age, then as of April 1st you can get vaccinated at your nearest vaccination center.
How can you get vaccinated?
Register yourself by going to the Co-WIN website: www.cowin.gov.in or use your Aarogya Setu app. You will have to enter your mobile no. and then enter the OTP. After OTP is validated, you will see a form asking for relevant details. Fill the form carefully with the right information. Once registration is completed you will see your details. You can add 3 more people linked with your mobile number.
To book an appointment, click on the calendar icon in front of your name. Select your nearest vaccination center. You will see the available slots for your appointment. Select the one most convenient to you and click on Book. Once booked, you will receive a message on your registered mobile number giving the details of the appointment.
How many doses of the vaccine are there?
Currently, there are two vaccines available in India: Covaxin vs Covishield. They are both equally effective. Both are administered in two doses. Which vaccine you get depends on the vaccination center you go to. After your first dose, you will be scheduled for the second dose after a prescribed period of time. Make sure you take both doses, for the vaccine to be effective. And even after you get the vaccine, make sure you practice all the safety precautions like wearing a mask and using hand wash and sanitizer.
What side effects will you have after the first vaccine?
On the arm where you got the shot:
Throughout the rest of your body:
Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicines for any fever, pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated.
Side effects after your second shot may be more intense than after the first shot. These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should only last for a few days.
Do you still need to use the mask and maintain other precautions after receiving the vaccine?
Yes, it is absolutely necessary that everyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine should continue to follow the COVID-19 precautions i.e., mask, social distancing and hand sanitization to protect themselves and those around them from spreading the infection.
Is it important for you to get the same vaccine for the second dose?
As the vaccines available are not interchangeable, it is important to get the second dose of the same vaccine as the first one. The Co-WIN portal will help in ensuring that everyone receives the same vaccine. It is best to get your second dose from the same vaccination center as the first.
We’ve tried to answer as many questions as possible. If you have any other questions, drop a comment below.
Stay safe, stay healthy 🙂