Order of COVID-19 Symptoms Manifestation Now Revealed

Coronavirus still poses a significant threat as there is no approved vaccine. While many research is ongoing, it is important we also know about the sequential manifestation of coronavirus disease.

Researchers at the University of Southern California say “they’ve found that the symptoms of COVID-19 tend to appear in a specific order, a discovery that could help enable earlier detection and treatment for numerous patients” .

According to the Research study, published in the medical journal Frontier Public Health, the most likely order of symptoms is as follows fever, then cough and muscle pain, followed by nausea and/or vomiting, and then diarrhea. Some of these symptoms however in other people may occur simultaneously or appear together. One can have fever and a cough and then followed by nausea and gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting.

With this knowledge, it’s very important to have infrared thermometer guns in various schools, recreational areas, hospitals and work places to check for unusual body temperature (fever) as it is mostly the first symptom.

“Besides the things that we all talk about like loss of smell and loss of taste, again — fever, cough, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and then diarrhea are very good indicators of the fact that you may have COVID-19.” 

However, “not all patients experience the same set of symptoms. But the new findings help underscore how COVID-19 differs from other well-known illnesses. While fever and cough are also associated with a number of other diseases, like the flu, the study notes that it was the timing in which these symptoms appear, and the later gastrointestinal symptoms, that set this virus apart.

With this likely order of COVID-19 symptoms unveiled, it will be useful during “overlapping cycles of illnesses” like the upcoming flu season.

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