Confirmed COVID-19 cases may develop varying symptoms. What should be done at each stage and when is recovery determined?

Severity and At-Risk Groups

Patients in mild condition – those experiencing one or more of the typical symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, weakness and loss of taste or smell. The disease may last for up to two months. Some symptoms may linger for weeks after recovery.

Patients in moderate condition – those confirmed as COVID-19 patients who suffer from pneumonia. They may require palliative hospital care, in a task-specific COVID-19 ward.

Patients in severe condition – those experiencing one or more of the following symptoms: Rate of more than 30 breaths per minute, oxygen saturation of 93% and under without external support and disruptions to oxygen exchange. The development of severe illness is more common among those 60 and older and those with pre-existing conditions and respiratory problems. These patients will require palliative care, usually in a hospital setting, in order to reduce the risk for complications of the disease. Their recovery will be longer.

Patients in critical condition – those who require mechanical ventilation or who suffer from major damages to system functions – shock, damages to the heart, to the liver or to the kidneys.

Groups at risk of severe illness

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