Over time, confirmed symptoms increase, including headache, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, and loss of smell and taste.
Recently, a number of scientists have uncovered a sequence of symptoms corona virus most often experienced.
Reported News Medical, Sunday (16/8/2020), the research was conducted by a research team at the University of Southern California (USC).
According to USC professor of medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Peter Kuhn, knowing sequence of Covid-19 symptoms the doctor can determine what steps to take to treat the patient and prevent the patient’s condition from worsening.
“This sequence is very important to know when we have overlapping disease cycles such as flu which is also a symptom of Covid-19,” said Kuhn.
In addition, it can also identify patients early and can reduce hospitalization time.
Researchers used the Markov Process to partially sequential sequences based on clinical observations of Covid-19 cases to ascertain the sequence of symptoms most likely to occur in patients.
The team compared symptom progression Covid-19 with other respiratory illnesses, including acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and influenza.
They observe whether the disease has different manifestations.
The study model projects influenza to start with a cough.
Covid-19 differs from SARS and MERS in the order of gastrointestinal symptoms.
For example, in Covid-19, the upper digestive tract is affected before the lower one. It is the opposite of SARS and MERS.
The findings also highlight the importance of checking body temperature, not just at the point of arrival or entry to the facility.
“Our findings support the idea that fever should be used to screen people going to a place,” he said.
In addition, it was also disclosed that good clinical practice must involve recording the sequence of events for the symptoms of Covid-19 and other diseases.
To slow the spread of Covid-19, researchers underlined contact tracing to isolate patients.
The following is a sequence of the most common Covid-19 symptoms according to the study:
- Sore throat, headache, and myalgia or muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
After a fever, the patient will experience a cough, but the fever is still there. Likewise, when the patient experiences a sore throat to diarrhea.