9 coronavirus symptoms everyone should watch for
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A global concern
The new coronavirus has now infected close to 250,000 people worldwide. A clearer picture of the constellation of symptoms caused by the virus—the infection is now called COVID-19—is starting to emerge. 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 per cent—are mild, says Dr Robert Glatter, an emergency physician. But the symptoms are also very “non-specific,” adds Dr Nestor Sosa, an infectious diseases expert. That means they could easily be caused by other respiratory illnesses, like a cold or the flu.
The three most common symptoms seem to be fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Here’s more on each of those—plus other, less common symptoms.