covid-19 pandemic • symptoms • advice 

It seems like a lot of people are uncertain about what symptoms coronavirus actually has, so I thought I'd share this info I found from the WHO/CDC. Especially because it's not like all the other illnesses are on vacation, and it's best not to panic if you happen to get sick.

Firstly, if you're sneezing and have a blocked nose, you do not have coronavirus. You have a cold.

Secondly, if you have a headache, fatigue, and muscular aches, it's more likely that you have flu. These are common symptoms of influenza but only sometimes present in coronavirus infections.

The symptom to watch for is shortness of breath. Only coronavirus causes this. It's a respiratory infection which can cause pneumonia. This is what makes it dangerous, so watch out for it.

Advice is to seek medical help if you have difficulty breathing or have an uncontrollably high fever.

Otherwise, stay home, keep hydrated, and get plenty of rest.

covid-19 pandemic • symptoms • advice 

Worth adding that, as @raye mentioned, fever and a dry cough are the most common symptoms. If you develop these, then stay at home if at all possible and avoid passing the virus to others.

Additionally, quoting the WHO directly: "These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment."

covid-19 pandemic 

And yes, I am aware that service industry workers, particularly in the USA, are the least likely to be able to actually take time off and stay at home to recover properly. Which is terrible because I can see that being exactly how and why this virus is going to keep spreading. 😕

covid-19 pandemic • symptoms • advice 

@InvaderXan do you have a link to the source?

covid-19 pandemic • symptoms • advice 

@moiety I got the info from a nurse on twitter, but she seems so have locked her account now, which is unfortunate. Looking for a reputable alternative source.

@InvaderXan Do you have a link to the original image/page? I seem to recall it was this exact image that someone else shared, but they couldn't find the original one (reverse image search doesn't find anything, at least in

@nathan I'm afraid I got it from a nurse on twitter (via a physicist friend), but she seems to have locked her account now, unfortunately. Which is a pity, because she had a bunch of other helpful advice, too.

covid-19 pandemic • symptoms • advice 

@InvaderXan you're still far more likely to have bacterial or viral pneumonia than coronavirus (it is NOT true that only coronavirus can cause pneumonia), but if you have shortness of breath as a symptom see a medical professional anyway and let them determine if you have coronavirus or not

covid-19 pandemic • symptoms • advice 

@Elizafox I definitely didn't say that coronavirus is the only cause of pneumonia, because it's plainly not. Rather that it's something which typically doesn't happen with colds or flu. But seeing a doctor if you have any symptoms of pneumonia is certainly wise under any circumstances.

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