Coronavirus: symptoms in youth and elderly people that should be alerting

Published by Manon C., Laurent P. · Published on 23 March 2020 at 09h28 · Updated on 16 April 2020 at 18h45
The coronavirus epidemic has been hitting France since January 2020 and if you have any doubts about the symptoms of this virus, here’s everything you should know and do in case of contamination if you happen to be in France.

And despite explanations and recommendations from the Health Department, many French people are still wondering about the symptoms of the virus that keeps spreading and teaching us more about it and how it spreads out.

You think you have coronavirus symptoms? You have doubts about your health and what to do in case of contamination? Sortiraparis editorial board gives you an update about what to do.

Coronavirus symptoms:

On its website, Health Department lists the most common coronavirus symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Sore muscles
  • Difficulty breathing

Caution, some people infected can develop some symptoms and not others. For instance, it's quite common to not have headaches or sore muscles.

By the way, the Health Department has also listed most symptoms in youth: loss of the sense of smell sometimes paired with the loss of the sense of taste. Symptoms that yet remain quite rare.

In most severe cases, patients can quickly develop pneumonia, or could be victim of an acute respiratory distress symptom, starting with shortness of breath by the 8th day, or even acute kidney failure or multiple organ dysfunction syndrome leading to death.

In elderly people, some signs can be suspicious as for a possible coronavirus infection, and those are not always breathing troubles.

"Diarrhea, loss of balance, change of behavior, blood trouble (lower lymphocyte rate) are potentially forerunners for the Covid-19 breathing infection in fragile elderly people" head of Montpellier university hospital geriatrics Pr Hubert Blain explains.

As for the virus transmission modes, it’s via airborne droplets (spray of spit).

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What you should do in case of doubt:

In case you have any doubt, you shouldn’t go to the doctor (you better call one before any consultation), stay home and limit contacts with people around you.

A website has been recently launched in France by oncologist at Le Mand Jean Bernard center Dr. Fabrice Denis to assess you symptoms and avoid overcrowding paramedics. Quick and easy, it doesn't take more than 3 minutes to answer about twenty questions about your medical history (heart failure or kidney failure, diabetes...) and your felt symptoms (cough, fever...).

In case of more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or respiratory distress, call the Samu Centre 15 or 114.

Note that the disease is generally in a couple days and symptoms disappear with rest…

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And to protect yourself, follow the required health instructions here:

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Facing an even greater coronavirus pandemic, the city of Paris and the French government are setting up every measure possible to limit the risks of contagion in Île-de-France. And it involves health instructions and recommendations to follow. Let’s not forget it: we’re all involved.

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