Thursday, May 30, 2024

How to be sure if your fever or body pain is a sign of Coronavirus or not? Here’s the order

We are in the second half of the Coronavirus year of 2020 and extremely worried — unsure if a cough with my daughter, feverish parents and my vomiting spouse is a sign that Coronavirus has now settled in my family.

These thoughts grip us. Not only there is worry of losing a family member, or immense financial burden, dreaded days in isolation in hospital but also no less the stigma which comes with having been a Coronavirus victim once.

Well, there seems to be some clarity on the matter now. Scientists have worked out the order in which Coronavirus strikes. People could now make informed choices if their fears are genuine or if they are being paranoid about regular illnesses we have in home.

In a report in Journal Frontiers, scientists have found the order in which Covid-19 symptoms are likely to appear. The report mentions that a person would catch fever first, followed by cough, muscle pain and then nausea, and/or vomiting and then diarrhea.

The scientist have predicted this order after studying a data set of nearly 55,000 confirmed Coronavirus patients in China, which were collected between February 16 to 24 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

They have also studied the data of almost 1,100 cases collected between December 11 and January 29.

It is important to understand this order as it will help both – patients and doctors to rule out the chances of other diseases. They can decide in time if a person needs to be kept in self-isolation.

Co-author of this study, Peter Kuhn, a professor of medicine and biomedical engineering, explained that how it will be beneficial for doctors to determine what steps are required to take at which stage. Further, the study will also bring down the number of patients hospitalized as doctors now can recognize who are the patients and who are not.

While fever and cough are common in other influenza disease, the study will help doctors to take better decisions and draw a line between Coronavirus and other diseases, the scientists noted.

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