Coronavirus symptoms by order of frequency


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Comments following a Washington Post article on why the US Health System is not ready.

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The writer references the NYT – I do not have the NYT link:

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“We caught up with Donald G. McNeil Jr., our infectious-diseases reporter, to ask him what it’s actually like to contract the coronavirus, based on what we’ve learned so far from China, which has the vast majority of cases. What does this illness look like? I’ve heard some people compare it to the flu. No, it’s different from flu. It’s a lung disease, not a stuffy nose disease. Ninety 90 percent of people get a fever, 80 percent get a dry cough, and then it drops down to 30 percent get shortness of breath and malaise — you know, being tired. A runny nose shows up in only 4 percent, and that may be people who also happen to have acold or flu, too. What are we learning about asymptomatic cases? The good news is that a large study from China suggests that less than 1 percent of cases are asymptomatic. Almost all people get sick.”

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OK, back to @Flowman here:  I was appalled to see WAPO post an article yesterday that stated a common COVID-19 symptom was a runny nose.  Read the NYT quote above regarding COVID-19 symptoms again:  

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90% Fever
80% Dry Cough
30% Shortness of Breath / Malaise (fatigue/tiredness)
4% Runny Nose – but suspected of being due to concomitant cold or flu

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And for the record, I am a retired Epidemiologist.

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Reiterating what he said: “Almost all people get sick.”

The coronavirus is different from the Trumpvirus.

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We need leadership grounded in science. And we need it now. Those are not the only symptoms but they give some perspective. They are symptoms of lower respiratory disease, i.e. lung predominantly.

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Some have severe intense muscle pain, sweating, chills, some even have diarrhea and of course chest pain with shortness of breath means you should rule out a heart attack. Damage to lungs can be intense and certainly strain the heart.

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