What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a continuous dry cough, and a high temperature. According to the NHS website, you do not need to measure your temperature to know if you have a fever. Your chest or back will be hot to the touch if you have a high temperature. You are deemed to have a continuous cough if you are coughing for more than an hour, or if you have 3 or more episodes of coughing within a 24-hour period.
If you have either or both of these symptoms, you should remain at home in self-isolation. While it is true that these symptoms are also linked to the common cold or the flu, without testing, you cannot know if you have COVID-19.
Fatigue and shortness of breath are also considered to be common symptoms of the Coronavirus.
Other symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Blocked or runny nose
Please note that if you are suffering from symptoms of the Coronavirus, it is imperative that you regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and disinfect surfaces that you have touched. Furthermore, you must adhere to social distancing measures put in place by the government.
Researchers are also looking into the possibility that loss of smell and taste is a symptom of the Coronavirus. According to a research study conducted by King’s College London, over 400,000 people reported loss of taste and smell as a symptom through an app. However, it is unclear how many of these people are suffering from COVID-19, and this is also a common symptom of other illnesses.
If you suspect that you have the symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate immediately, and get in touch with those you have been in contact with recently. Furthermore, you should call the NHS on 111 or visit their website for further guidance. You can read our article for more information on what you should do when you or someone you know experiences symptoms of the Coronavirus.