Coronavirus symptoms update: The two most prevalent signs according to new study

Coronavirus infects its host’s body and multiplies, resulting in the disease COVID-19, which can spread to others. Are you carrying it? Here are the two most common symptoms people with the disease share.

Researchers from the University of Leeds put together an investigation to find out the two most common features of COVID-19.

Their data is published in the online and peer-reviewed journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) ONE, which caters for research into science and medicine.

The research team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 148 separate studies from nine countries.


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They looked into 24,000 cases of adults who had tested positive for COVID-19 around the world, including the UK, China and the United States.

The data revealed that 78 percent of cases had a fever, and 57 percent reported having a cough.

Although data ranged depending on location, the two symptoms – fever and cough – trumped others, including fatigue (31 percent), losing the ability to smell (25 percent), and difficulty breathing (23 percent).

Other noted symptoms were itchiness, Covid toes, and conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Surgeon and Clinical Research Fellow, at the Leeds Institute of Medical Research, Ryckie Wade commented on their findings.

“This analysis confirms that cough and fever were the most common symptoms in people who tested positive with COVID-19,” confirmed Wade.

He continued to say their evidence was “important, because it ensures that people who are symptomatic can be quarantined, so they are not infecting others”.

The NHS noted that anybody showing signs of a high temperature (fever) and, or, a new continuous cough can order a coronavirus test and should self-isolate.

Wade added: “The study gives confidence to the fact that we have been right in identifying the main symptoms and it can help determine who should get tested.”

The NHS explained that a high temperature “means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back”, which can be checked without the use of a thermometer.

A new, continuous cough refers to “coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours”.

For those who already experience a regular cough, it may be worse than usual if infected with COVID-19.


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Anyone showing the above symptoms must self-isolate at home, which means no visitors are allowed.

Anybody who shares a home or is in the support bubbles of the infected person must also self-isolate.

What’s a support bubble?

A support bubble is where one person who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.

A test can be arranged on the NHS website, and those in the same household, or support bubbles, who begin to show symptoms can also be tested.

The free NHS test involves taking a swab inside of your nose and the back of your throat.

This can either be done by appointment at a drive-through or walk-through test site.

Alternatively, you could ask for a home test kit, which will be delivered to your door.

Remember, this test only tells you if you currently have the virus, and doesn’t reveal if you’ve ever had it in the past.

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