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Understanding Coronavirus Symptoms and Risks

1. Incubation Period and Symptoms

A lot remains to be learned about Coronavirus (COVID-19), but certain symptoms are well-known:

  • Incubation Period: World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests up to 14 days, sometimes longer.
  • Symptoms Onset: Typically manifests in about 5 days.

2. Severity and Recovery Rates

Based on WHO data from 44,000 patients:

  • Severity: 81% developed mild symptoms, 14% severe, and 5% critically ill.
  • Death Rate: Estimated between 1-2%, though figures may vary as the situation evolves.
  • Recovery: Approximately 80% recover without medical intervention; some remain asymptomatic.

3. Main Symptoms

The primary symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • High Temperature: Feeling hot to touch on chest or back.
  • Continuous Cough: Persistent coughing for more than an hour, or multiple episodes in 24 hours.
  • Loss of Smell or Taste: Inability to smell or taste, or alteration in smell or taste perception.

Most individuals with coronavirus experience at least one of these symptoms.

4. Additional Symptoms

Other possible symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting

Symptoms often start mildly and progress gradually.

5. Risks and Precautions

Some individuals may be asymptomatic carriers, posing a risk of transmission:

  • High-Risk Groups: Elderly or those with existing medical conditions should seek medical attention for symptoms.
  • Medical Attention: Contact medical services if symptoms of fever, cough, or breathing difficulties arise; avoid visiting hospitals directly.