The new coronavirus has now infected more than 3,700,000 people around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed illnesses of coronavirus have ranged from very mild to severe, with some even fatal. Most of the cases—about 80 percent—are mild, says Robert Glatter, MD, an emergency physician with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
But the symptoms are also very “non-specific,” adds Nestor Sosa, MD, chief of infectious diseases at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque— meaning that they could easily appear due to other respiratory illnesses, like a cold or the flu.
The most common coronavirus symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It’s also important to take into consideration that some cases of COVID-19 have been asymptomatic.
Read on to discover more about these three symptoms—plus some less common ones you should pay attention to.