It’s important to note, however, that while older people are most likely to die from the disease, young people are not immune to COVID-19. For example in Arizona, one of the epicentres of the disease, almost half of those hospitalized with COVID since the coronavirus outbreak are 44 years old or younger.
Coronavirus symptoms: Mild vs. Moderate vs. Severe
How your body responds to this new coronavirus infection depends on your:
Any underlying health conditions
Conditions such as diabetes, lung, kidney or heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity can make you more vulnerable to COVID-19.
It’s possible to have the infection and not show any coronavirus symptoms at all.
According to the CDC, 40% of COVID cases can be asymptomatic.
Mild symptoms of COVID-19
Most people infected with the virus will have mild respiratory illness symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, and a sore throat. Other symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Low-grade fever (not more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
New loss of taste or smell
Gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhoea
Itchy, painful patches on the skin (especially in young people). These patches often show up on the toes and have been referred to as “COVID toes.”
“With a mild case, you might feel as though you have a cold,” says Carl J. Fichtenbaum, MD, professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. “The symptoms are annoying, but you feel as though you can carry on with most of what you need to do without feeling too impaired.”
Moderate symptoms of COVID-19
Fever of about 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit
Chills, with repeated shaking
Fatigue and body aches
A general feeling of being unwell
These people will have some of the same symptoms as those with a mild case of COVID-19, but the fever may be a little higher, the coughing deeper, and they may feel more rundown.
Severe symptoms of COVID-19
All the common symptoms mentioned above along with:
Shortness of breath, even when you’re not exerting yourself
Trouble staying awake
Eye problems, such as watery eyes or swollen eyelids
Bluish face/lips (a sign you’re not getting enough oxygen)
Breathing issues are a medical emergency
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