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Fever Not Reliable Indicator Of Coronavirus Infection, Doctors Say

A new research states that severe fever is no longer a reliable indicator that you are suffering from the coronavirus. So which symptoms should you look out for now?

Doctors Update Warning Signs For COVID-19

Imagine that you’re sick. In fact, you’re feeling quite sick so you head to the nearest emergency room for fear that like many others, you have been infected with the coronavirus. But when it comes to symptoms, what do you actually need to look out for?

Well, per a new research, fever isn’t at the top of that list anymore compared to previously known.

This is because, recently, researchers from Harvard Medical School are offering up a new list of COVID-19 symptoms to look out for after conducting a review of more than 1,000 patients who have already sought care for respiratory illnesses ever since March, when the coronavirus was first declared as a global pandemic.

"Fever is not a reliable indicator of COVID-19," Pieter Cohen , an associate professor of medicine at Harvard and a physician with the Cambridge Health Alliance in Boston, who led the team in the research, said.

This is because, according to the team, people that show up at hospital ERs with respiratory symptoms have body temperatures that are only slightly elevated. Because of this, other symptoms are more specific to COVID-19, and not the usual high fever that we’ve looked out for so long.

"COVID-19 may begin with various permutations of cough without fever, sore throat, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, body aches, back pain and fatigue. It can also present with severe body aches and exhaustion," Cohen's group explained in a Harvard news release.

Per the team, the symptom we should really look out for is the loss of our sense of smell as well as severe shortness of breath, which is a symptom never seen in influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

"In serious COVID-19, shortness of breath is a critical differentiator from other common illnesses," Cohen's group said.

The team’s findings have been published April 20 in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings and is based on around 1,000 COVID-19 patients in a clinic in Boston.

Coronavirus & COVID-19 An artist's representation of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Pixabay

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