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Do you Have Coronavirus? Look for these 8 Obvious Symptoms

As to this date, coronavirus has infected more than 130,000 people and killed approximately 4,000 people. It is slowly giving a clearer understanding of how it spreads and what is this infection. Now researchers are sharing information based on studying coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that coronavirus or Covid-19 infection could cause mild to severe symptoms and can even cause death.

Robert Glatter from Lenox Hill Hospital in NY says that nearly 80% of these coronavirus positive cases are mild. However the symptoms are highly “nonspecific”, adds Dr. Nestor Sosa from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

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It means people could fall for such respiratory problems and mostly the symptoms of coronavirus are cough, fever, and shortness of breath. But here are all the symptoms of coronavirus that everyone should know about.

1- Fever

By far the most common sign of coronavirus is fever. CDC shares that up to 98% of people develop a fever while being tested positive for coronavirus. It reported that this fever is nearly 100.4 Fahrenheit or sometimes higher than this.  But interestingly, fever might not be the earliest sign of coronavirus in a patient. An analysis of 1000 patients revealed that 44% of these patients didn’t experience fever when they were initially tested positive. But after hospitalization, 89% of people experienced fever.

2- Cough

Up to 82% of the coronavirus patients experienced a persistent cough, reports CDC. Although a cough could be associated with a number of health problems and it is sometimes hard to say if the cough is actually representing coronavirus. The only way to find out is by texting them.

Dr. Sosa says that in the case of coronavirus, a patient typically experiences a “dry cough”. American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) advises people to cover their mouths while coughing so that they don’t spread it to the others.

3- Difficulty in breathing

Nearly 31% of people experience troubled breathing while suffering from coronavirus. A study from the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (IJAA) says that nearly  34.5% of the patients experiencing difficulty in breathing makes it one of the most common symptoms of coronavirus.

4- Body pains (Myalgia)

Body pains affect more than 14% of the people who are tested positive for coronavirus, as the World Health Organization  (WHO) says. But body pains are also common in many other infections such as common cold which sometimes makes it difficult for the patients to know that they have coronavirus.

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5- Headache

Many patients of coronavirus report suffering from a headache. The world health organization (WHO) also reports some people to experience from a sore throat but this number is relatively lower. Headaches, on the other side, could also show up with cough, fever, flu and difficulty breathing.

6- Diarrhea

Not all but some patients also experience diarrhea. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported this number to be 3.7% only. The first coronavirus positive case in the USA also reported having diarrhea along with other typical symptoms.

7- Flu and runny nose

Another symptom of coronavirus is a runny nose, nasal congestion, and flu. But only 4% of these patients are reported to have these symptoms. Dr. Sosa says that it seems like coronavirus affects the lower respiratory tract and not the upper respiratory tract.

8- No symptoms at all

World Health Organization (WHO) also reported that for some patient’s coronavirus infection might be completely asymptomatic. This is a big concern because it is nearly impossible to detect any infection if there are no symptoms. CDC reported that asymptomatic patients can also transmit the infection to other people. But it might not be the major way of transmission.

 

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Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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