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 

@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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