Coronavirus symptoms – the 5 early warning signs to watch out for

What are the early warning signs?

According to the NHS and the World Health Organisation (WHO), early symptoms of coronavirus infection usually include:

  1. A runny nose
  2. A cough and/or sore throat
  3. A high temperature
  4. Feeling tired
  5. Difficulty breathing

These symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses such as the flu and the common cold.

However, this new strain is said to more likely to trigger cough and fever, experts have noted.

And they warn the condition can progress and victims can develop severe complications.

These include pneumonia and swelling in the lungs, which can make it hard for the lungs to pass oxygen into the bloodstream – leading to organ failure and death.
Severe pneumonia can kill people by causing them to “drown” in the fluid flooding their lungs.

How quickly do symptoms come on?

The virus is transmitted between people in droplets from coughing and sneezing and touching or shaking hands.

Symptoms are thought to appear between two and ten days after contracting the virus.

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