The key symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) include fever (high body temperature), dry cough, fatigue, expectoration and shortness of breath. Here is a table for the percentage of the most common symptoms of COVID 19.
|Typical Symptoms||Common in Cases (percentage)|
|Expectoration (Sputum Production)||33.4%|
|Dyspnea (Breathing Difficulty)||18.6%|
|Arthralgia or Myalgia||14.8%|
|Nausea or vomiting||5%|
|Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)||0.9%|
Fever is the most common symptom of Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19). In most cases, it is the first symptom and followed by a dry cough.
In differential diagnosis, its symptomatology is different from a common cold. Generally, common cold starts with running nose and sneezing and then followed by other symptoms. COVID 19 starts with fever and followed by a dry cough and other symptoms. It shows mild symptoms in about 80% of cases in the first week. After a week, it can cause shortness of breath and many patients may require hospitalization.
So, runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat are uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
Around 80% of cases show mild symptoms and recover at home. The fatality risk increases with old age.
|Mild (Recover at home)||80.9% of cases|
|Severe (pneumonia)||13.8% of cases|
|Critical (respiratory failure or organ failure and septic shock)||4.7% of cases|
|Fatal (death)||2% of cases|
- WHO China Report (20 Feb. 2020).
- Chinese Journal of Epidemiology (17 Feb. 2020).