According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, a similar pattern of symptoms was identified amongst 140 patients who had tested positive for the virus. The research suggested that around 99% of the patients developed a high temperature, while more than half experienced fatigue and a dry cough. About a third also experienced muscle pain and difficulty breathing.
Here’s a clear understanding of the COVID-19 symptoms timeline and how it progresses in the majority of the patients.
Day 1: The first symptom of the coronavirus usually appears in the form of a fever. Some may experience fatigue, muscle pain and dry cough, when a lesser number face problems of diarrhea or nausea one to two days before.
Day 5: Patients may suffer from chest pain and shortness of breath – especially if they are older or have a preexisting health condition.
Day 7: According to the Wuhan University study, Day 7 determines whether a patient is to be hospitalized or can be left on his/her own in self-isolation.
Day 8: On this day, severe COVID patients develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), an illness that occurs when lungs are drained with fluids.
Day 10: If the symptoms continue to worsen on Day 10, this is the time when patients are most likely to be admitted to the ICU. These patients probably have more abdominal pain and appetite loss than patients with milder cases.
Day 17: Usually, on this day, people who recover or have mild symptoms are discharged from the hospital after two-and-a-half weeks.