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How to recognize Covid-19?

Last update 30.06.2020

Symptoms by which Covid-19 can be recognized

The symptoms of the disease manifest themselves in different ways in different people; however, the most common symptoms include:

  • high temperature (fever);
  • fatigue;
  • dry cough.

Other symptoms:

  • shortness of breath (possible tightness in the chest);
  • muscle pain;
  • sore throat, neck pain;
  • rarely: diarrhoea, nausea and runny nose.

These symptoms are usually mild and develop gradually. There are cases of people getting infected and not showing any signs of the disease. 

Most people (around 80%) recover from the disease without experiencing its most severe symptoms. Roughly 1 person in every 6 people who become infected with Covid-19 experiences a severe course of the disease, developing severe fever and serious breathing problems. Older people (over 60 years of age) and persons with medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, or cancer are more likely to develop a more severe condition.

If you experience mild symptoms:

  • Immediately stop any physical contact with healthy people (quarantine);
  • Contact your GP for treatment and testing advice.

If you have a very high temperature, severe cough, and difficulty breathing, call 113 immediately.

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