First symptoms and signs of coronavirus

(ORDO NEWS) — It’s not just a loss of smell and a cough! Some of the signs of the coronavirus are missed by people because they are unaware of them.

Researchers say that almost 80% of all those who have recovered from coronavirus are asymptomatic, or its signs are so blurred that the disease may not be noticed at all.

Meanwhile, the sick person becomes most dangerous to others three to five days before the onset of the first symptoms and remains an active carrier of the virus for almost a week after that. We all more or less imagine the main symptoms of Covid-19, but which ones appear most often?

Coronavirus: early and signs

Specialists from the Royal College of Medicine London conducted a study during which they collected data on the well-being and health of patients who had had a coronavirus infection. Age of participants – from 9 to 65 years.

  • The most common first symptom of the disease (complained by 82% of respondents) was a headache – it was with it that Covid-19 began in most patients.
  • The next most common symptom is severe weakness and a feeling of fatigue, it was mentioned by 72% of the respondents. Almost all of them noted that fatigue and headache appeared before all other signs, when a person still considered himself healthy.
  • But fever and cough accompanied less than half of all cases – 40% of patients said that during the seven weeks of illness they had these signs.
  • For example, older participants in the study noted that they developed shortness of breath, confusion (so-called “covid brain fog”) and a feeling of disorientation during the course of their illness.

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Abdominal pain and indigestion

Abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea are often followed by more traditional coronavirus symptoms, usually within a few days.

But in about three percent of cases, all external manifestations of Covid-19 are limited to digestive problems. If you have experienced something resembling food poisoning, just in case, limit contact with others – so as not to transmit a dangerous virus to them.


Another symptom that can also be explained by the ability of the virus to infect the cells of the nervous system is mild cramps in the limbs, as well as sensations of “goosebumps”. If you were not prone to seizures before, and have recently begun to notice them behind you, you may need to pay special attention to your health and, just in case, reduce contact with others.


More precisely, not even bruises, but unusual red spots that appear in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe toes. Most often they appear in children and adolescents and after a while disappear without a trace, but sometimes this symptom is also noted in adult patients.

Spanish doctors were the first to describe this sign of coronavirus, but they have not yet been able to explain which processes cause the appearance of red spots.

Muscle weakness and pain

Weakness in the muscles, very similar to that which appears with the flu, appeared in 38% of people diagnosed with coronavirus. 15% of those infected complained of muscle pain. Most often, these two symptoms accompany other signs of Covid-19, but in some cases they remain the only manifestation of the disease.


As you know, the virus enters our body through the mucous membranes, including the eye. Redness and inflammation of the mucous membrane of the eyes, as well as increased tearing, itching and burning may indicate that the coronavirus has hit our body – and got there through the organs of vision.


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