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5 stages of coronavirus infection according to Malaysia’s Health Ministry

We already know that the incubation period of the novel corona virus (COVD-19) is 14 days and that there are asymptomatic patients but what we don’t know is that this coronavirus infection has 5 different stages.

This was according to the statement given by Malaysia’s Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah.

These stages are ranked according to the severity of the infection cases.

5 Stages of COVID-19 Infection

Stage 1: Testing positive without any symptoms.

Individuals can still be active without feeling ill. Daily routines are not interrupted. People we call asymptomatic comes only on this stage. These are carriers of the virus without showing any symptoms.

Stage 2: Testing positive with only mild symptoms.

This is when the individual becomes weak and experiences fever and dry cough. This stage is believed to have the highest risk of transmission. Mild cases comprises approximately 80% of all confirmed cases.

Stage 3: Developing some form of pneumonia.

This stage is where complications of severe COVID-19 cases manifests like pneumonia, hypoxemic respiratory failure, as well as sepsis and septic shock. This list of complications is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Stage 4: Having breathing difficulties and requiring oxygen support.

Patients who have breathing problems from mild to severe are on this stage. From shortness of breath to requiring an oxygen support. According to the WHO, 1 out of every 6 people infected with COVID-19 start to develop serious bouts of breathing difficulties.

Stage 5: Needing to be intubated and put on a ventilator.

The last stage is the most critical stage. This is where a patient will need to rely on a ventilator to keep breathing.

“We also have death cases involving young patients like the one aged 34 and the youngest was 27. But (this was because) they came (to the hospital) at a very late stage. They came when they were already at stage 3 or 4 (of a COVID-19 infection), where they already had pneumonia and needed breathing assistance,”

– Noor Hisham, Malaysia’s Health Director-General

“There are many deaths involving those who have diabetes, hypertension and low immunity. This made up about 67 percent of the total number of deaths,”

COVID-19 Cebu

As the threat of the Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 rises every day, the Cebu province has taken a proactive approach and is pulling all stops in protecting the island. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its symptoms: https://sugbo.ph/2020/corona-virus-in-cebu/

With this, an Executive Order was issued for the implementation of the drastic but necessary measures to avoid the spread of the virus. For more information, head on to: https://sugbo.ph/2020/cebu-implements-drastic-measures/

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention, call the local Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice: 0922-397-2334 / 0943-568-3298 / (032) 402-3091 / (032) 402-1269.



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