Recovery time: How long coronavirus symptoms last

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Patients with coronavirus symptoms show fever in 87.9%, dry cough in 67% and fatigue in 38%. Based on the World Health Organization research, AIIMS has built 17 clinical features to identify patients.

Among these, chest X-ray and CT scan are also said to be an important means of identification of the patient.

15 symptoms have been included in the 17 key points made by AIIMS for clinical identification. These symptoms were seen in a World Health Organization study of 55924 corona-affected patients in China.


Corona Patients Have Fever


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According to a research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a chest CT scan can identify 86% of patients. In addition, in 56 percent of people, a chest X-ray can identify a suspected corona patient. AIIMS has also included these in the clinical feature to identify its patients.

A report from the World Health Organization and China Joint Mission on the COVID-19 published said that of the 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases it recorded, 87.9% had fever and 67.7% had dry cough. A third had fatigue (38.1%) and sputum production (33.4%), fever (87.9%), dry cough (67.7%), fatigue (38.1%), sputum production (33.4%), shortness of breath (18.6%), sore throat (13.9%), headache (13.6%), myalgiaor arthralgia (14.8%), chills(11.4%), nausea or vomiting (5.0%), nasal congestion (4.8%), diarrhea (3.7%), and hemoptysis (0.9%), and conjunctival congestion (0.80%).”

According to the joint WHO-China report, mild cases recover within 2 weeks but those with severe or critical disease recover in 3-6 weeks.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are fever, cough and shortness of breath,” according to John Hopkins Medicine. “Some patients also have body aches, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. If you have a sore throat and think you have been exposed to the new coronavirus, contact a health care provider by phone and discuss your risk.”

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According to the joint WHO-China report, mild cases recover within 2 weeks but those with severe or critical disease recover in 3-6 weeks.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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