High temperature but no cough? You can have coronavirus without all symptoms, docs warn – The Sun

WHETHER you're asymptomatic or needing hospital treatment – coronavirus affects every individual person differently. 

Yet, when people look up the symptoms of Covid-19, everyone is told to expect both a new continuous cough and a high temperature.

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However, doctors are now emphasising that you can still have coronavirus, without showing both the two main signs – and say everyone gets different symptoms at different times.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, Clinical Director of Patient Access. warned: "It’s entirely possible to have just one of the two key features of coronavirus – temperature above 37.8 degrees C or new continuous cough – without the other.

"Some people will start with one and develop the other a day, or even several days, later.

"It’s possible that some people will be infected with coronavirus without either of these symptoms.

"In China, it seems that some people develop diarrhoea a day or two before they develop fever or cough. However, UK scientists believe that fever and cough are the most important symptoms to look out for.

"If you develop these symptoms, you need to self-isolate, and you may need to speak to a nurse at NHS 111 if your symptoms get worse."

Dr Jarvis also recommends using the Patient Access Coronavirus symptom checker which takes you through what steps to take when.

As well as a dry cough and temperature, it's understood that some people may also experience breathing difficulties, which is when hospital treatment may be needed.

But there are also lesser-known mild symptoms that a number of those diagnosed with coronavirus have reported experiencing.

In particular, some Covid-19 patients have reported experiencing tummy ache just before developing the other known symptoms.


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A new study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, suggests people might experience digestive issues, such as diarrhoea, when they are infected with coronavirus.

Doctors have also warned that a loss of taste or smell could also be a sign of coronavirus.

The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology, which represents experts in ear, nose and throat medicine, has said that those who lose these senses should self-isolate immediately – even if you have no other symptoms.

They added that the eye infection conjunctivitis may also be another sign.

Other signs of coronavirus may include brain fog, fatigue and muscle soreness.

Around one out of every six who gets Covid-19 become seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing, according to the WHO.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are at most risk developing serious illness.

This can include pneumonia and swelling in the lungs, which can make it hard for the lungs to pass oxygen into the bloodstream – leading to organ failure and death.

Severe pneumonia can kill people by causing them to "drown" in the fluid flooding their lungs.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention, the WHO says.

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Despite this, on the complete other end of the spectrum, doctors say some people with coronavirus might not even show symptoms at all.

And if you don't show any symptoms – known as being 'asymptomatic' – then the risk of infecting others increases.

The US Centers for Disease and Control said: "Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads."

Currently, there is no vaccine to protect people against the virus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses – only bacteria.

The NHS says that treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

Those who are infected will need to stay in isolation away from other people until they have recovered.

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