Symptom Profiles of a Convenience Sample of Patients with COVID-19 — United States, January–April 2020 – LINK
While a wide range of symptoms can accompany the coronavirus, the CDC says a large majority of patients in a recent study exhibited one of three symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first detected in the United States in January 2020 (1), and by mid-July, approximately 3.4 million cases had been reported in the United States (2). Information about symptoms among U.S. COVID-19 patients is limited, especially among nonhospitalized patients.
To better understand symptom profiles of patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in the United States, CDC used an optional questionnaire to collect detailed information on a convenience sample of COVID-19 patients from participating states.
Symptom data were analyzed by age group, sex, hospitalization status, and symptom onset date relative to expansion of testing guidelines on March 8, 2020 (3).
Among 164 symptomatic patients with known onset during January 14–April 4, 2020, a total of 158 (96%) reported fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Among 57 hospitalized adult patients (aged ≥18 years), 39 (68%) reported all three of these symptoms, compared with 25 (31%) of the 81 nonhospitalized adult patients. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and other symptoms, such as chills, myalgia, headache, and fatigue, also were commonly reported, especially after expansion of testing guidelines.
To aid prompt recognition of COVID-19, clinicians and public health professionals should be aware that COVID-19 can cause a wide variety of symptoms.
Clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the confirmed COVID-19 patients SRI LANKA. Interim Analysis of First 100 COVID-19 patients following hospital discharge or death
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported from Sri Lanka on 27th January 2020.
‘The aim of this interim analysis is to report epidemiological data, clinical presentation and outcomes of the first 100 COVID-19 confirmed patients (94 recovered patients and six deaths). Findings of this report will be useful for the intermediate public health and clinical response for the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka. We intend to update the contents of this report periodically with information on the COVID-19 epidemic beyond the first 100 confirmed patients.’
Reference: Clinical and Epidemiological Characteristics of the Confirmed COVID-19 Patients in Sri Lanka. Status Report Based on the Interim Analysis of the First 100 COVID-19 Patients Following Hospital Discharge or Death. Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 10th May 2020.
CDC Says Three COVID-19 Symptoms Are Most Common. While a wide range of symptoms can accompany the coronavirus, the CDC says a large majority of patients in a recent study exhibited one of three symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Researchers found that 96% of patients had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Around 45% had all three of those symptoms. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6928a2.htm?s_cid=mm6928a2_w
[7:53 PM, 7/19/2020] Prof Kumara Mendisopo O: Coronavirus patients also showed other symptoms, including chills, muscle pain, headaches, fatigue, and digestive problems such as nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.
“Approximately half of patients reported one or more GI symptoms; among these, diarrhea was reported most frequently (38%) and vomiting least frequently (13%),” the CDC said.