The main symptoms of the virus

The main symptoms of the virus

As information continues to be revealed about the people who have had COVID-19, whilst there are a handful of consistent symptoms between individuals. 

There are other symptoms that are experienced by people to a lesser extent.

This is important to know because it makes it more difficult to determine who may have had the virus and who may not have, if they did not have a test, at the time that their symptoms were present. It also means that some individuals who have the less well-known symptoms may not recognise them as those of COVID-19 and so they may not self-isolate, putting other people at risk.

The two main symptoms of COVID-19

A fever: A person who feels hot to the touch on their chest or back will likely have a fever, and they do not need to take their temperature to confirm this. However, those who do take their temperatures will find that for a fever to be confirmed; their temperature will be 37.8C or higher. Individuals who have a fever may flit between being hot and cold and may physically shiver.

A new and persistent cough: This means that the individual will experience coughing a lot for more than an hour or having three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.