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Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19)

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)
Fever 87.9%
Dry Cough 67.7%
Fatigue 38.1%
Expectoration (Sputum Production) 33.4%
Dyspnea (Breathing Difficulty) 18.6%
Arthralgia or Myalgia 14.8%
Sore Throat 13.9%
Headache 13.6%
Chills 11.4%
Nausea or vomiting 5%
Nasal congestion 4.8%
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

Also Read:

  1. How to Make Hand Sanitiser at Home
  2. How to Prevent Coronavirus Infection

References

  1. WHO China Report (20 Feb. 2020).
  2. Chinese Journal of Epidemiology (17 Feb. 2020).

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.

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