Fast Five Quiz: COVID-19 Clinical Keys

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD

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October 22, 2020

Presentations of COVID-19 have ranged from no or mild symptoms to severe illness and mortality. Symptoms may develop 2 days to 2 weeks after exposure to the virus. The following symptoms may indicate COVID-19: 

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Other reported symptoms have included the following:

  • Sputum production

  • Malaise

  • Respiratory distress

  • Neurologic (eg, altered mentality)

Although symptoms may occur in various orders and individuals do not necessarily have any or all symptoms, a study of more than 55,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported that the most common order of symptoms was fever, cough, muscle pain, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. This may help distinguish the presentation of COVID-19 from the presentation of influenza, which more commonly begins with cough and myalgia.

Read more about the presentation of COVID-19.

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