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CORO­N­AVIRUS SYMP­TOMS, THEN AND NOW

- Health · Mental Health · Child Health · Medications · Medicine · Healthy Living · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Pharmacology · World Health Organization · Belfast

At the start of the pan­demic, the most com­mon Covid-19 symp­toms were a tem­per­a­ture, a dry cough and tired­ness, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion. The NHS broadly agreed. But over time a va­ri­ety of oth­ers have emerged...

THEN

Main symp­toms recog­nised by the WHO in Jan­uary:

Cough: In par­tic­u­lar, a dry cough which is tickly but doesn’t bring up any mu­cus. The NHS ad­vises any­one with a “new, con­tin­u­ous cough” to iso­late.

Fever: Any­thing above 38C (100.4F).

Fa­tigue: Over­all lack­ing en­ergy with­out a clear rea­son why.

NOW

In ad­di­tion to the above, there are now re­ports of many other symp­toms, in­clud­ing:

Loss or change in smell or taste:

In the spring, this was added to the NHS’S of­fi­cial list of symp­toms af­ter the preva­lence of this com­plaint in Covid pa­tients.

Stom­ach up­set:

Vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea are com­mon in Covid-19 pa­tients, es­pe­cially chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to a study from Queen’s Univer­sity Belfast, which found that us­ing just cough, loss of smell and fever to di­ag­nose chil­dren only caught three quar­ters of cases. Adding stom­ach prob­lems in­creased that to 97 per cent.

Headache: Also com­mon in chil­dren: over half of symp­to­matic young suf­fer­ers had a headache, ac­cord­ing to new re­search. It could be an early virus symp­tom. Delir­ium: Par­tic­u­larly com­mon in frail peo­ple over 65, ac­cord­ing to stud­ies. They might feel dis­ori­en­tated, con­fused and strug­gle to speak prop­erly or re­mem­ber things. Con­junc­tivi­tis: A rarer symp­tom which usu­ally oc­curs later into the pro­gres­sion of the in­fec­tion.

De­pres­sion: Some have re­ported low mood with Covid-19. It is not yet known how this may oc­cur, but there is long-stand­ing ev­i­dence of vi­ral in­fec­tions af­fect­ing men­tal health.

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