Coronavirus Symptoms

The symptoms listed by people with Covid-19 appear in a wide spectrum, from mild symptoms to more troubling ones that lead to a serious illness. Symptoms can appear from day 2 to 14 after contracting the virus. Patients with symptoms of fever, cough, and respiratory distress suffer from a more severe form of coronavirus disease, while those with more regular symptoms of a cold like loss of taste and smell (anosmia) usually develop a milder infection. Individuals who present vomiting or diarrhea among their symptoms will also suffer the disease more seriously, but it would not reach the risk level of those patients who present with respiratory distress. Patients in this group are more likely to enter the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and pass away.

What are the main coronavirus symptoms?

Fever

Fever may be accompanied by chills, and a temperature higher than 37.8 Celsius dgrs should make anyone feel alarmed. One should utilize a thermometer to check the temperature. Here one should not intake a fever-reducing medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen within four hours of checking your temperature. CDC advises checking temperature twice a day in the morning and evening if you suspect you might have been exposed to Covid-19.

Dry Cough

Covid-19 patients are beset by dry, protracted coughs lasting for more than an hour, leading to irritation in the lung and shortness of breath due to the lack of liquid phlegm. Strong coughs generally accompany lung infection pneumonia-causing pain and increased shortness of breath. People need to pay attention to dry cough as this can be the Covid-19 symptom hinting at infection since a cold normally entail mucus production and a cough that feels “wet.”

Fatigue and tiredness

Fatigue is a prevalent coronavirus symptom as more than half of the people contracting coronavirus report fatigue even 10 weeks after recovering from the disease regardless of its seriousness, according to a study appearing on PLOS One on November 9, 2020.

Aches and pain

Severe body aches (typically headaches) constitute other common coronavirus symptoms as patients complain about joint and body pain, particularly in huge muscles. Coronavirus can also provoke painful inflammation in the joints.

Loss of taste or smell

Coronavirus patients occasionally report anosmia or losing their sense of due to injury inflicted on nerve endings in the olfactory epithelium, according to Claire Hopkins, who described this phenomenon as damage to the olfactory bulb.

Shortness of Breath

The bodies of coronavirus patients strive to obtain enough oxygen during the progression of the disease. Dyspnea of shortness of breath is one of the typical coronavirus symptoms causing the lung tissue to be loaded with fluid. 

Other coronavirus symptoms include nasal congestion, conjunctivitis (also as red eyes), sore throat and loss of speech or movement.