A new large-scale review confirmed some of the main symptoms associated with COVID-19, including persistent cough, fever, and odor disappearance.
This new review conducted by researchers from the University of Leeds and four other universities in the UK is one of the largest reviews to date of investigating COVID-19 symptoms, including data from 148 independent studies.
The researchers obtained data on 24,410 adult cases of COVID-19 in 9 countries including the United Kingdom, China and the United States, which allowed them to identify common symptoms of the virus.
The finding was published in the online journal “PLoS ONE”
Other common symptoms include fatigue (31% of cases), loss of smell (25%) and dyspnea (23%).
The researchers also found that 19% of patients requiring hospitalization were in the intensive care unit, 17% of patients required noninvasive assistance for breathing, 9% of patients required invasive ventilation, and 2% required artificial lungs. . The mortality rate is 7 percent.
They say these findings confirm the list of symptoms given by the World Health Organization at the beginning of the pandemic. However, they also added that it is likely that most people infected with the virus do not develop symptoms.
Ryckie Wade, a surgeon and clinical research investigator at the Leeds Institute of Medicine, commented on the study. “This analysis confirms that coughing and fever are the most common symptoms among people who test positive for COVID-19.”
“This is important because it ensures that people with symptoms are isolated from infection.
“This study convinces us that we have correctly identified the main symptoms and can help determine who should be examined.”