Coronavirus has all of us questioning if that sniffle or runny nose is something much more sinister. And with good reason.
The chart above should give you some clarity. It’s the symptoms experienced by 55,000 patients in China who tested positive for coronavirus.
The most common symptom? A fever.
The main difference between a cold and COVID-19 is the likelihood of fever: most people with COVID-19 develop a high temperature.
In contrast, while people with a cold can develop a fever, it happens only rarely, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Coronavirus symptoms have even more in common with influenza — that other, sometimes deadly virus often confused with the common cold.
So while that sniffle is probably just the usual upper respiratory tract infection, you can’t be sure. If you think you might have been exposed to COVID-19, call the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline at any time on 1800 020 080. And before visiting your GP or hospital, call ahead and call them about your symptoms.
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