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Symptoms of Covid 19

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.

The main symptoms are:

  • A fever/high temperature
  • A cough which is new and continuous
  • Shortness of breath

According to the World Health Organisation, persistent tiredness could be a warning sign of COVID-19.

Some patients have described their experience of coronavirus as feeling tired all the time.

That may include failing to get to sleep, or simply feeling fatigued during the day. But, feeling tired could be easily missed during the working week, so it’s important to self-isolate and stay at home.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 7 days.

The Express UK has reported that scientists from Tongji Medical College looked at data from patients to analyse the different symptoms COVID-19 patients experienced.

The results from the research indicated digestive symptoms were prevalent with 117 patients. Additionally, 58 percent reported having diarrhoea and 20 percent of them having diarrhoea as the first warning symptom of an infection.

Alongside diarrhoea, a pain in the abdomen has also come up as a potential warning symptom of COVID-19. A bad stomach might be more commonly associated with bugs such as the norovirus. However, some patients have reported pain in the abdomen before developing the other more commonly known symptoms.

This pain can include abdominal pains including stomach cramps or a dull ache in the tummy.

Children will have the same symptoms as adults but symptoms may be milder. Both adults and children who are immunocompromised and have chronic heart, lung or kidney diseases and diabetes are at a higher risk and can be more severely affected.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 7 days. If you live with someone who has symptoms, you must self-isolate for 14 days from when their symptoms first started. Try and minimise contact as much as possible with the infected person and stay in a different room.

Please stay at home if you have any of the above symptoms, do not go to the pharmacy, hospital or your doctor’s surgery. Use the 111 online coronavirus service if your illness or symptoms worsen.

Emergency warning signs for Covid-19 may include:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Continuous chest pain
  • Bluish discolouration of lips and face

There may be other symptoms and if severe or if you are concerned then contact the111 online service.

Adam Gajic
Author: Adam Gajic