This Is How Many COVID Symptoms Most Infected People Have

A CDC survey of adult coronavirus patients reveals that most experienced multiple scary symptoms.

One aspect of COVID-19 that has kept researchers and doctors on their toes is that it can manifest in many different symptoms. While some people who've tested positive are asymptomatic, others find themselves battling everything from a sore throat to delirium. Patients who aren't asymptomatic usually deal with some combination of multiple symptoms. But just how many can you expect to experience if you contact the disease? New data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals the amount of symptoms that most COVID-19 patients have.

As part of its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the CDC updates the results of its survey of 316 adult coronavirus patients, both hospitalized and not. Those patients report on the details of their specific cases. In terms of how the disease affected their bodies, the CDC found that the median number of symptoms experienced was seven.

The most commonly reported symptom in this survey is fatigue, which 69 percent of patients experienced. The second is a cough, at 63 percent of respondents. Next down the list, 60 percent reported dealing with headaches. Some of the least commonly reported symptoms in this survey include confusion (14 percent), vomiting (12 percent), and abdominal pain (19 percent). Sixty percent of those surveyed had returned to what the CDC calls "baseline health" by the time they were interviewed; however, only 39 percent of inpatients were fully recovered, compared to 64 percent of outpatients.

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Per the CDC, symptoms can begin to manifest between 2 and 14 days after coronavirus exposure. The agency also cautions that "anyone can have mild to severe symptoms"—not just the elderly or people with underlying conditions. However, high-risk groups are more likely to have a severe case.

The symptoms that should prompt you to seek immediate emergency care are listed as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face, though the CDC also states that the list is not comprehensive, and that you should speak to your doctor about any symptoms that are especially serious or concerning. And for more on how COVID-19 can impact you, The CDC Just Added 3 New Coronavirus Symptoms to Watch Out For.


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