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Symptoms of Coronavirus
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are high fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Also, the symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Major and Common Symptoms
High fever – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature). It is a common sign and also may appear in 2-10 days if affected.
Shortness of breath
Difficulty breathing – Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
Dry cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, characterised with 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and do not feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. As per above, around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes are much more likely to develop severe illness.
These are for informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice. (Source: WHO)
Symptoms and what to do
You must not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms (high fever, tiredness and dry cough). Call your local medical authority for guidance.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help contain the spread of coronavirus. You should only leave the house for minimal purposes:
- shopping for necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as important.
- one form of exercise a day, such as a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
- any medical need (including to donate blood), to avoid and escape the risk of harm, provide care or help a vulnerable person.
- travelling for employment purposes (but only where you cannot work from home).