Now that we’re five months into the pandemic, the most common coronavirus symptoms are pretty well known. But we also know that they vary greatly from patient to patient, which can make the virus difficult to diagnose. Now, new research from a team of scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) sheds some light on telling evidence that you could have coronavirus. Their research points to the specific sequence of symptoms in which the virus tends to present, including the most common first COVID symptom.
The researchers looked at 56,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in China as well as 2,470 cases of influenza in North America, Europe and the southern hemisphere to compare COVID-1
Recognizing the order of COVID-19 symptoms can help physicians diagnose the disease, schedule treatment, and in some cases, lead to early intervention. “This order is especially important to know when we have overlapping cycles of diseases such as influenza that coincide with infections of COVID-19,” Peter Kuhn, Said in a statement, MD, a USC professor of medicine, biomedical engineering and space and mechanical engineering who worked on the study. “Physicians can decide what steps to take to take care of the patient, and they can prevent the patient’s condition from getting worse.”
However, it is worth noting that many COVID-19 patients show zero symptoms, so even if you do not demonstrate the telltale signs, you can still be positive about the virus.
So while the finding may not be true for all coronavirus patients, recognizing reliable COVID-19 patterns can be a huge help. “Given that there are now better approaches to treating COVID-19, identifying patients earlier could reduce hospitalization time,” doctoral student Joseph Larsen, the lead author of the study said in a statement. The following is the most common specific sequence of COVID symptoms, as determined by USC researchers. And for more unique COVID-related effects to be on your radar, check out 5 Strange New COVID Symptoms That Doctors Report.