Day 5 to 10 considered crucial for COVID patients

According to, the most crucial time for a COVID patient is between the 5th and the 10th day of the infection. Most mild cases take a turnover in this period. Those diagnosed as asymptomatic or even mild cases have been reported needing urgent medical help after day 5. Thus, people not showing severe symptoms or health problems should also keep monitoring for any change in their oxygen saturation levels or their blood pressure. The second COVID wave has shown several new studies and has been a lot different from that of the first wave. Let us take a look at what causes such a change from the 5th day onwards.

Why do cases turn more complicated after the 5th day?

The first phase of the COVID lies between the 1st and the 5th day and is characterized by the rate of infection caused by the virus. The second phase is the one between day 5 to day 10. During this phase, the body produces more antibodies than required, and the immune system gets overstimulated. This creates an accumulation of fluids in the body, thus leading to inflammation. This excessive fight of the immune system is what causes the change in the condition of the person. The oxygen levels might drastically reduce; there might also be a problem in breathing, discomfort, and high fever.

Preventions to be taken:

Comorbid patients are more likely to develop such symptoms since they have a higher than required level of cytokine (cytokine storm). They go through such conditions since their immune system is already imbalanced and improper due to certain drugs fighting against certain diseases or the disease itself. Also, in India, the virus seems to attack the lungs at an earlier stage when the actual time for it is from day 11 to day 14. Thus, a proper diagnosis needs to be followed to fight such conditions, and if the doctor prescribes an X-ray or a CT scan, it needs to be taken as a priority and done then and there. Proper steps should be taken if the reports are bad and if the conditions worsen suddenly. Urgent hospitalization and proper treatment should be given to the patients during such a drive in their immunological parameters of replying to the foreign organism.

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