This has led scientists to create a day-by-day breakdown of the expected and typical symptoms those suffering with COVID-19 would experience. Hopefully, it will help to enable and ensure a better understanding amongst people of the nature of the illness. Here’s what to expect…
Most cases of those infected will experience fever as their first symptom. This means that you will display a temperature above 37.5C and develop a dry cough.
However, it has also been noted that muscle, aches and pains are generally the first symptoms to arise also. There may be a strong sense of fatigue and feeling very tired as the virus begins to grow.
Sore throat, nasal congestion (blocked nose) and sneezing are rare symptoms but still occur.
A study conducted in Wuhan during the initial outbreak in China had shown that around 10 per cent of 138 patients had experienced diarrhoea and even the feeling of nausea before developing the fever.
However, to add to the confusion, experts suggest that not everyone will develop these symptoms, with some cases not developing any symptoms whatsoever. It is also easy to confuse these early symptoms as common colds or flu. View more early signs and symptoms here.
The study goes on to detail that it took an average of five days for patients to develop indications of breathing difficulties or commonly known as dyspnea.
Traits of dyspnea include shortness of breath – this can be anything like experiencing a feeling of suffocation to the tightness of the chest. Rapid or shallow breathing included with wheezing can also be an indicator.
Here, most cases experiencing symptoms would have started to settle. Figures of around 85 per cent of those affected and diagnosed have seen traits of the virus diminish around day seven.
However, the remaining 15 per cent of these individuals still experiencing breathing difficulties are usually admitted to hospital during this time.
The CDC has advised that anyone suffering from persistent extreme chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath or bluish lips need to get urgent medical attention.
During this point, patients in the most severe case category tend to develop ARDS.
On the NHS website, this is reported to be a life-threatening diagnosis. This is because the lungs are unable to provide vital organs within the body with enough oxygen.
ARDS causes the lungs to become damaged and inflamed either from injury or infection. This is because the inflammation causes fluid in nearby blood vessels to seep into tiny air sacs in your lungs making it very difficult for individuals to breathe.
According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention report 15% of cases experience ARDS.
Patients still displaying breathing problems in a deteriorating condition are usually submitted to an intensive care unit.
Further, the Wuhan study shows that the average hospital stay during this time was ten days.
The earliest signs of COVID-19 like fever, by this point, typically ends.
However, scientists have now reported and found that the cough associated with the disease is still present.
This arrives from the fact that 45 per cent of 191 patients discharged still had a cough after the 12 day period.
Dyspnea often ceases during this point. This means that those passing this stage are often the survivors of the disease. Whereas, those still experiencing shortness of breath tend to continue up to the point of death.
From the first initial symptoms to the time of day, the average time is 18.5 days.
Up until the 26th March 2020, there have been more than 400 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the UK.
This comes from a huge increase from 1,542 confirmed cases to 9,529 in the past couple of weeks.
Patients, on average, are usually discharged around the 22-day mark.
There currently is no vaccine to fight the virus, antibiotics have been found not to help, but only to ease the symptoms to help the body fight the disease.
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