The study uses data from an app that tracks and analyzes participants from the UK and US. It also monitors the symptoms they experience.
Dr. Jan Patterson, an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio and a member of the Texas Medical Association, calls the findings “interesting.”
“What they found was that they could divide them into six different groups related to the severity of their results, both the severity of the symptoms they were experiencing and the severity of their results. of the results, “she explained. “They found that the last three groups with more severe symptoms were the ones most likely to need respiratory assistance, and those were the ones where they suffered from severe fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, and vice versa. in people with much milder symptoms, such as loss of smell or sore throat. Interestingly, everyone in the group had a symptom of headache complaints. “
Dr. Joseph Petrosino, head of molecular and microbiological virology at Baylor College of Medicine, says understanding the severity of symptoms can help doctors identify which patients may become more severe cases.
“This and similar studies will help doctors predict how your particular COVID case is going, before you actually get there,”; says Petrosino. “In terms of endpoints are serious, or maybe not so severe, and therefore, it will ease the burden on the healthcare system and reduce the number of unnecessary hospitalizations.”
There are many symptoms of COVID-19. According to the CDC, symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
The list of symptoms includes, but is not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing or difficulty breathing
- Loss of new taste or smell
In a study at King’s College London, a group of patients did not have a fever.
Here are six symptom levels, listed from mild to severe:
first.) Flu symptoms without fever: Headache, loss of smell, muscle pain, cough, sore throat, chest pain, no fever.
2.) Flu symptoms accompanied by fever: Headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever, loss of appetite.
3.) Gastrointestinal problemsDiarrhea: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, chest tightness, no cough.
4.) Tired: Headache, loss of smell, cough, fever, hoarseness, chest pain, fatigue.
5.) Confusion:Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain.
6.) Abdominal and respiratory problems:Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain.
It is important to note that the last three groups are severe cases.
The Texas Medical Association also released a decision chart, to help guide those who are deciding whether or not they should require a COVID-19 test. Charts are available in both English and Spanish.
“Don’t wait until it’s too late,” said Patterson. “If you begin to have difficulty breathing, especially severe shortness of breath, then that’s something you need to evaluate.”
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