The main symptoms of Coronavirus in France with severe covid infection are Fever ,Cough ,Shortness of Breath and Fatigue. You may also lose your sense of taste and smell. Those who are vaccinated often get minor symptoms that are more like the common cold.
The most serious problem with Coronavirus in France is the lung infection which can make you feel short of breath and have reduced oxygen levels. The key issue is to know when it is getting to a level where you need specialist treatment. This is where a pulse oximeter comes in if you are feeling short of breath. It’s a little machine that shines a light through your finger and can work out if there are enough oxygen levels in your blood. In many parts of the country, GPs are providing people with these machines if you are feeling short of breath. Here is a useful video from the NHS on how to use one.
Issues to be aware of
If you speak to your GP you may get one for free if you are ill enough as part of a national project to improve care. Many people are buying them anyway either from their local pharmacy or getting them delivered by Amazon. They are a key tool for understanding how serious a Coronavirus infection is.
It’s worth understanding if that fever is not the illness, it’s the body responding to the illness.
Amazingly, many people don’t have a thermometer at home so aren’t able to monitor this basic marker of illness. Personally, I think it’s essential to have one in any home. It probably doesn’t matter which you have but in my experience, most doctors tend to use Braun in their surgery. There is evidence that it strengthens the immune response but it can be a horrible symptom of Coronavirus in France to have so you can take paracetamol or ibuprofen. You can take both at the same time if need be.
Other issues to consider
You can read more about taking paracetamol for Coronavirus in France here.
Coughing can be terrible and what makes it so bad is the pain it often causes. You are blowing out air up to 50mph so pretty soon it starts to hurt by damaging the tissues in your lungs and throat as well as the bones and muscles that make you cough.
For many people, especially as the other symptoms improve, this is the symptom that causes the big problem and is often the main symptoms of those who we know describe as having ‘Long Covid’ as the illness carries on for weeks.
Take it easy, and return slowly to your normal life, gradually increasing your activities. A lot of people need help to understand how to do this. This is a useful UK website to help you recover. It is now recommended not to return to exercise for the first week after the illness finishes.
There’s not much you can do about this, but it should come back within a few weeks. Some people really lose their appetite in this situation, but you need to keep eating to keep your strength up and recover.
Many people in the UK are low in Vitamin D and need supplements during the winter. Its worth taking them but it’s not clear if they really make a difference. Some people also talk about Zinc. There is no good scientific evidence, but it probably won’t cause any harm.
If you want to know more about Coronavirus these sites should be useful: