What Are the Signs of Infection?

coronavirus May 15, 2020

What are the signs of infection?

From being infected until one starts to feel symptoms it usually takes 1-14 days, most commonly around five days.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. They can be transmitting the virus without knowing they have COVID-19.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. People older than 60 years of age, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or who are immunocompromised, are more likely to develop serious illness. However, we are learning that younger people can also get very sick. In some countries, nearly half of the hospitalized patiens are younger than 65. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.

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