While fever is a common symptom of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — not everyone with COVID-19 experiences fever and chills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people can have symptoms ranging from mild to severe. In fact, some people are asymptomatic, which means they don’t have or recognize signs of the illness because they are so mild.
A study published in the summer looked at data from nearly 150 studies in nine countries to determine the most common symptoms found in more than 24,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19. And while fever was the most prevalent among the cases, other symptoms stood out too.
Top 5 COVID-19 symptoms
Here are the percentages of people who experienced the most common COVID-19 symptoms:
- Fever — 78%
- Cough — 57%
- Fatigue — 31%
- Loss of smell — 25%
- Difficulty breathing — 23%
- Muscle aches
- Loss of taste
- Loss of appetite
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the common or rare symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case.
Seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911 or heading to the nearest emergency room if you have trouble breathing; pain or pressure in the chest; sudden confusion; the inability to wake up; or bluish lips or face.
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