The symptoms of COVID are similar to other viruses and flu. It may be confusing for many because with flu season, telling the difference can be quite difficult. According to WHO, the symptoms of coronavirus can come gradually and can take from 7-14 days before the symptoms start to show.
The most common COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Fever (temperature of 100.4°F or higher)
- Loss of appetite
- Body aches
- Shortness of Breath
- Dry Cough (If the person is coughing a lot over an hour)
In some patients, they might experience other symptoms like:
- Sore throats
- Loss of smell
- Runny nose
MedicalNews says Children may experience symptoms such as
- Blocked nose
- Abdominal pains
- Muscle pain
Some emergency COVID-19 symptoms that shouldn’t be taken lightly include:
- Bluish lips or face
- Constant pain or pressure on the chest
- Difficulty in breathing
But are most likely to recover on their own (while social distancing) in 1-2 weeks. A study done by USC found that COVID symptoms usually appear in a particular order. The normal progression is from fever to cough and muscle pains to nausea to diarrhea.
But an emergency physician in Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, Dr. Robert Glatter, showed that fever is the general first COVID symptom. But is not always the case, from his experience, He said:
“In general, while fever is usually the most commonly described initial symptom of COVID-19 infection, the reality of what I see on the front lines is more variable,” he said. “In fact, some patients may present only with the loss of taste or smell and otherwise feel well. I have also seen patients present with ‘COVID-toes,’ or chilblains; a livedo-type [reddish-blue discoloration] of skin reaction in response to acute inflammation, in the absence of fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms.”
So, it’s all relative.
What to Do When You Show Early COVID-19 Symptoms?
Social distancing is the first thing to do when you start to see symptoms, but it is important that you get tested so you can know your status and curb the spread
Asides from that, some steps you should take include:
- Stay indoors
- Get plenty rest
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Wear facemasks when you’re around other people
- Wash hands very well
- Clean and disinfect the surfaces around you
- Use different utensils, towels, and beddings from other people in your immediate household
- Follow health guidelines until it’s safe to stop quarantining
Get Tested Today!
Our Norco Covid Clinic Testing Site presented by Lifeline Health is located at 5555 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860. Monday-Sunday from 7:45 am to 9:30 pm, Norco residents and surrounding areas can schedule an appointment and receive rapid COVID-19 testing results with our user-friendly and safe drive through set up. Visit our website here