According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the primary symptoms of coronavirus are:
- Shortness of breath
- A persistent cough
- An elevated internal temperature characterized as a fever
These initial symptoms may give rise to more serious coronavirus-related health problems, including:
- A state of confusion or disorientation
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent chest pain or tightness
- A lack of oxygen, causing the patient to develop a blue hue in their face—specifically in their lips
The symptoms of coronavirus have proven to differ in nature and severity on a case-by-case basis, but the above symptoms may be most common in those who exhibit detectable coronavirus symptoms.
How to Respond to Coronavirus Symptoms
If you or a loved one exhibit symptoms that could indicate coronavirus infection, the first and foremost concern is your health. If you determine that you require medical care, Harvard Health Publishing recommends that you:
- Call your doctor (or the medical facility where you intend to receive the treatment) before showing up.
- Wear a mask before going out into public, as anybody who suspects that they are infected should take all precautions to minimize the risk of infecting others.
- Try to minimize contact with others in public areas such as a medical facility waiting room.
You may be tested and prescribed one or more forms of treatment. In the meantime, you should take precautions to prevent others who enter your home from coming into contact with the virus. Such steps include:
- Wearing your mask even while indoors in your own home
- Washing your hands regularly
- Sterilizing common surfaces regularly
- Isolating yourself to the greatest extent possible
The medical professional that you see should advise you on:
- Whether you test positive or negative for the coronavirus
- Which treatments are the best course of action to rid you of the virus, should you test positive
- How to do your part in preventing others from becoming infected
The Red Cross offers an abundance of available advice if you are caring for somebody who may have coronavirus. Depending on the circumstances of the infection, you or your loved one may be eligible to file a lawsuit against any person or entity that exposed you to coronavirus or created circumstances that heightened your risk of being infected.
Cruise Lines and Others Who May Have Caused Infection
Now that you and the general public are aware of the seriousness of coronavirus (COVID-19), important questions have arisen about who acted negligently in the earliest days of coronavirus emergence in America, and Florida specifically. One of the categories of people who have come under fire are owners of cruise ships—many of whom may have acted negligently by potentially putting passengers at danger of coronavirus infection.
As of late March, 32 cruise ships have been affected by COVID-19, with some vessels experiencing bona fide viral outbreaks. There are a few features of a cruise ship that may make them more volatile to a viral outbreak, including:
- A close proximity of passengers and staff to one another, which generally makes it easier for a virus to jump from person to person
- The general lack of robust healthcare facilities onboard a cruise ship
- The fact that cruise ships were more likely to be in locations (such as Southeast Asia) where the virus originated or was in a state of the outbreak
Beyond some of these largely uncontrollable risk factors of cruise ships were actions that seem to indicate negligence—at least in retrospect. The cases of the Grand Princess and Diamond Princess cruise ships seem to be particularly egregious cases that highlight why a growing number of plaintiffs are suing various cruise lines.
USA Today states that some allegations of negligence levied against the leadership of these ships include:
- Failing to suspend travel once a passenger on the Grand Princess had already died of coronavirus symptoms
- Failing to act swiftly once signs of ship-wide coronavirus cases began to emerge
- Generally failing to be prepared or to protect passengers from the coronavirus outbreak that ultimately ensued
Hundreds of cruise ship passengers have been infected, and some of them have died, due to coronavirus outbreaks that may have been preventable (or at the very least, minimized).
You Could Be Eligible to File a Lawsuit
You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against a person or entity that you believe exposed you to an unreasonable risk of coronavirus infection, whether the defendant in your case is a cruise line or another party. You may be able to recover awards covering:
- Medical treatment related to any coronavirus infection that you endured
- Loss of income related to your illness
- Depending on the circumstances of and law pertaining to your illness, pain and suffering related to your illness
Call Our Team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Today
We will provide you honest and personal representation, and we have already begun the process of representing clients in coronavirus-related cases—specifically those being filed against cruise lines. Call our team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers today at (855) 529-0269 for a free consultation.