Almost everyone on the planet is aware of the most common symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, and dry cough. However, in the past few months, the CDC has added many items to the once-limited list, including (but not limited to) loss of sense of smell and taste, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat. and diarrhea. Now, thanks to a new algorithm, researchers have determined that there are actually specific sets of symptoms to watch out for, some more severe than others.
For him study, Researchers at King’s College London collected data from more than 1,600 patients in the United States and the United Kingdom, who recorded symptoms of coronavirus on the Zoe health app in March and April, and then another 1,047 in May. Using a machine learning algorithm, they identified six different “clusters” of symptoms, some of which were more prone to serious infections, including hospitalization, the need for ventilation, and even death.
“Although continued cough, fever, and loss of smell (anosmia) are generally highlighted as the three key symptoms of COVID-19, data collected from app users shows that people may experience a wide range of different symptoms , including headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, diarrhea, confusion, loss of appetite, shortness of breath and more, “a statement Posted in Zoe app explains. “Progression and outcomes also vary significantly between people, from mild flu-like symptoms or a simple skin rash to serious or life-threatening illness.”
Here are the six “groups” (or types) of coronavirus researchers identified:
Type 1 (“flulike” without fever): Headache, loss of smell, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, chest pain, no fever
Type 2 (“flulike” with fever): Headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever, loss of appetite.
Type 3 (gastrointestinal): Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, chest pain, no cough
Type 4 (severe level one, fatigue): Headache, loss of smell, cough, fever, hoarseness, chest pain, fatigue
Type 5 (severe level two, confusion): Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain
Type 6 (severe, abdominal and respiratory level three): Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain
They then determined that patients in groups 6, 5, and 4 were more likely to need respiratory support (19.8 percent, 9.9 percent, and 8.6 percent, respectively) needed the highest respiratory support, while “only 1.5 percent of people with group 1, 4.4 percent of people with group 2 and 3.3 percent of people with group 3 COVID-19 needed respiratory help, “the researchers explained in the study.
The study authors hope their results will help medical experts monitor at-risk patients and arm them with tools to properly identify and treat them. For example, “patients who fall into group 5 or 6 on day 5 of illness are at significant risk for hospitalization and respiratory support and may benefit from home pulse oximetry with daily phone calls from their general practice to ensure that hospital care is performed at the appropriate point in the course of your illness. “
As for yourself: Mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars and house parties), practice social distancing, just do essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect surfaces you touch frequently, and overcome this pandemic at its healthiest don’t miss these 37 places that are more likely to get coronavirus.
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