A day-by-day breakdown of new coronavirus (COVID-19) patient symptoms


A fever is the most common symptom of coronavirus (COVID-19) patient.

Chinese health officials report that most cases of the new coronavirus are not severe but around 20% of patients either have severe cases of disease or become critically ill.

A recent study of nearly 140 patients at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, China identified a typical pattern of symptoms associated with the virus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19. About 99% of the patients developed a high temperature, while more than half of them are experienced fatigue and a dry cough. About a third of them also experienced muscle pain and breathing difficulties.

Research from the Chinese Center for Disease Control suggests that about 80% of the new coronavirus cases are mild. About 15% of patients have gotten severe cases, and 5% have become critically ill.

Here’s how the symptoms progress day by day among the patients.

Days 1-4: Patients are feeling fever. They may also experience fatigue, muscle pain, and a dry cough. A small minority may have had diarrhea or nausea one to two days before.

Day 5-6: Patients may have breathing difficulties- especially if they are older or have a preexisting health condition.

Day 7: This is how long it takes, on average, before patients are contacted or admitted to a hospital, according to the study of Wuhan University .

Day 8-9: At this point, patients with severe cases (15%, according to the Chinese CDC) develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, an illness that occurs when fluid builds up in the lungs. ARDS is often fatal.

Day 10: If patients have worsening symptoms, this is the time in the disease’s progression when they’re most likely to be admitted to the ICU. These patients probably have more abdominal pain and appetite loss than patients with milder cases. Only a small fraction die: The current fatality rate hovers at about 2% (gross).

Day 17: On average, people who recover from the virus are discharged from the hospital after two and half weeks.

The first symptoms of COVID-19, however, may not come right after a person has been infected. By analyzing various study experts reveal that a typical patient might be infected without showing symptoms for five or more days.

Once COVID-19 symptoms do appear, they can be similar to those of pneumonia. But it could worsen over time distinguished it from pneumonia. Pneumonia usually doesn’t progress rapidly but COVID-19 does.

So far, most hospitals are treating COVID-19 patients with antibiotics as well as treating the symptoms.

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