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Symptoms of COVID-19

A COVID-19 case may show signs and symptoms 2 to 14 days after exposure. An incubation period of roughly 6 days seems to be the norm. World Health Organization (WHO) reports that mild symptoms of the infection can develop slowly. Typically hospitalization occurs from seven days and onward when there is a need. When a person has COVID-19, they can experience a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath and dry cough. In addition, they may exhibit at least two of the following symptoms:

  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever

Other symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Blocked nose
  • Sputum or coughed up mucus and saliva

People who are experiencing mild COVID-19 will typically be able to recover at home without hospital treatment. On the other hand, around 1 in 5 people with the infection might be seriously unwell and develop breathing difficulties. Anyone who notices these symptoms must seek medical assistance right away:

  • Constant pain or pressure in the chest
  • Trouble breathing

Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms, but some suffer from severe medical complications and even die from the disease. A person who has a serious medical condition or is older is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

Complications can include:

  • Organ failure in several organs
  • Pneumonia and trouble breathing
  • Blood clots
  • Heart problems
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Additional viral and bacterial infections
  • A severe lung condition that causes a low amount of oxygen to go through your bloodstream to your organs (acute respiratory distress syndrome)

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