Understanding Coronavirus: Six distinct clusters of COVID-19 symptoms
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: British scientists have claimed to identify six distinct clusters of Covid-19 symptoms in infected people. A team of researchers from King’s College London found that the six different clusters of symptoms are correlated with levels of severity of the infection. These clusters of coronavirus symptoms can also help identify patients who need hospitalisation and breathing aid such as oxygen or ventilator support.
A doctor, who co-led the study, Claire Steves said, "If you can predict who these people are at Day Five, you have time to give them support and early interventions such as monitoring blood oxygen and sugar levels, and ensuring they are properly hydrated."
The study further revealed that the symptoms of the novel coronavirus can fall under one of the six categories which are mainly of “flu-like” with no fever and “flu-like” with different complications such as fatigue, gastrointestinal, abdominal and respiratory pain, according to a PTI report.
Here are the six distinct symptoms of the novel coronavirus, as per the study:
1. ‘Flu-like’ with no fever: Headache, loss of smell, muscle pains, cough, sore throat, chest pain, no fever.
2. ‘Flu-like’ with fever: Headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever, loss of appetite.
3. Gastrointestinal: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, chest pain, no cough.
4. Severe level one, fatigue: Headache, loss of smell, cough, fever, hoarseness, chest pain, fatigue.
5. Severe level two, confusion: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain.
6. Severe level three, abdominal and respiratory: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain.
The researchers added that patients with levels 4, 5, and 6 types were more likely to be admitted to hospital and more likely to need respiratory support.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma