What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes?

According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. Some people report losing their sense of taste and/or smell. About 80% of people who get Covid-19 experience a mild case – about as serious as a regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment.
About one in six people, the WHO says, become seriously ill. The elderly and people with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of serious illness from Covid-19.

New research has also found that young people infected with coronavirus often go untreated because they don’t experience the main symptoms of the virus. However, an increasing number of young patients classified as asymptomatic share a common affliction — a loss of their sense of smell and taste, a condition known as anosmia or hyposmia (partial loss).

Symptoms of coronavirus

The incubation period lasts for 6-12 days. If the infection occurred from person to person, the incubation period does not exceed five days. Longer incubation periods may be typical for transmission from animals.

The symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) are similar to those of pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome:

  • Loss of consciousness (due to progressive destruction of lung tissue),
  • Dry, unproductive cough,
  • Fever and temperature rise (38°C or higher, chill),
  • Difficulty in breathing,
  • Chest pain,
  • Headache,
  • Muscle pain,
  • A general sickness.