Why Symptoms for COVID-19 Shouldn’t Be Taken Lightly

Why Symptoms for COVID-19 Shouldn’t Be Taken Lightly

Unfortunately, a lot of people are tempted not to take too seriously the symptoms for COVID-19. They could easily be mistaken for a regular flu, but there has to be said that something far worse could be lurking in the shadows. The COVID-19 pandemic has infected almost 21 million people worldwide and killed more than 750,000 of them.

There’s no telling when the horror of the ongoing pandemic will end, and we have few reasons to be optimistic.

Participants from the UK and the US involved in a new study

The new study lists six levels of COVID-19 symptom severity. The overall conclusion is that indeed, those symptoms cannot be taken lightly. Dr. Jan Patterson, a member of the Texas Medical Association and an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio, declared:

“What they found is that they could break them down into six different groups that had to do with severity of their outcome, both severity of the symptoms they were having and the severity of the outcomes,”

She further added:

“They found that the last three groups that had the more severe symptoms were the ones that were more likely to require respiratory support, and those were ones where they had severe fatigue, shortness of breath, some chest pain and that was opposed to those who had much more mild symptoms with just loss of smell, for instance, or sore throat. Interestingly, each one of the groups had a complaint of headaches as a symptom.”

While the symptoms for the SARS-CoV-2 virus could appear 2 to 14 days after getting infected, they include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache

Scientists from all across the world are hoping to find a vaccine for the COVID-19 disease, and it will surely come sooner or later.


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