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Dr Asha N Shah. M.D

Professor of medicine, GCS medical college, Ahmedabad

The answer to this question is yes in the present circumstances. We doctors think that is probably the first possibility that should be kept in mind. Let us see why. We know the symptoms of Covid which are like influenza

Most common symptoms:


Dry cough


Less common symptoms:

Aches and pains

Sore throat




Loss of taste or smell

Serious symptoms:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Chest pain or pressure

Loss of speech or movement

Variability in symptoms

There are so many variations in symptoms seen in Covid patients and new symptoms are being discovered. One size does not fit all. Generally the fever is not very high but it is seen that some patients do have very high grade fever .i.e. >102 degree Fahrenheit. Most common symptoms along with fever described are dry cough and tiredness. But cough is absent in many patients, even those with pneumonia. Tiredness is common though. Other less common mentioned symptoms but seen commonly are headache, body ache, diarrhea and lastly loss of taste or smell. The patient may be totally asymptomatic at any age and may be detected by tests. The problem is sometimes patient may not have any symptoms except mild fever and they can directly come with shortness of breath and worsen fast requiring oxygen support or even ventilator support and then they carry guarded prognosis . Occasionally the patient is admitted for fever but may acutely develop clot in blood vessels leading to pulmonary embolism, stroke or heart attack. Occasionally we see X rays with bilateral pneumonia and patient may be relatively asymptomatic. Here comes the importance of viral load which can be known by cycle threshold or CT value in RT PCR report. The longer the CT, lesser is the viral load. This will also decide if admission to hospital is needed along with other factors. This CT is different from CT scan which is also done in Covid patients commonly to know the lung involvement. …

Dr ASHA SHAH. M.D. Professor of Medicine.GCS Medical college,Ahmedabad

AS we know the most important means to prevent Covid 19 transmission is by wearing a mask. By properly wearing a mask, you can protect yourself from getting the infection if any person comes near you who is Covid positive. Another important advantage for your loved ones and for your community is that if you are presymptomatic or asymptomatic career, you can prevent transmission to them.

How to put on a face mask

  1. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.

Dr Asha Shah. M.D. Professor of medicine

GCS Medical college, Ahmedabad

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D614G Mutation of SARS CoV 2 virus

We are already in seventh month of 2020. Already beyond half way mark and Covid is still very much thriving. In the history of mankind, year 2020 will be known as Covid era. It is the year of pandemic, global diseases, deaths, despair, depression, fear, anxiety, poverty, instability, insecurity and what not. …


Dr. Asha Shah

Professor of Medicine GCS, Ex-HOD Medicine BJMC, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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