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Coronavirus warning – scientists reveal the two ‘classic’ symptoms of COVID-19 infection

Coronavirus is an infectious disease that has been confirmed in more than nine and a half million people across the world. You could be at risk of the virus if you develop a high fever or a new continuous cough, it’s been confirmed.

The UK lockdown is slowly being eased, as shoppers are now allowed to explore the high-street in England, provided they remain socially-distanced.

You can also visit someone else’s garden, as long as the person you’re visiting isn’t shielding, and there aren’t more than six people in the garden at once.

But the government has still advised the public to remain indoors as much as possible, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

You should self-isolate at home if you have any of the two “classic” symptoms of coronavirus, including a cough and a fever.

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Coronavirus symptoms: Classic signs of COVID-19 infection include a fever and a new cough (Image: GETTY Images)

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Scientists have confirmed that a high fever and a new, continuous cough are the two most common warning signs of COVID-19.

They compared symptoms reported by more than 24,000 coronavirus patients from around the world.

Almost 80 percent of all patients reported having a fever, whereas 57 percent had a cough.

Other key warning signs to look out for included fatigue, loss of smell, and difficulty breathing.


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“This analysis confirms that a cough and fever were the most common symptoms in people who tested positive with COVID-19,” said Ryckie Wade, the Leeds Institute of Medical Research’s clinical research fellow.

“This is important because it ensures that people who are symptomatic can be quarantined, so they are not infecting others.

“The study gives confidence to the fact that we have been right in identifying the main symptoms and it can help determine who should get tested.”

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The researchers also acknowledged that there’s likely to be a number of people that had coronavirus, but didn’t have any symptoms at all.

Coronavirus symptoms: The government has advised the public to remain indoors (Image: EXPRESS)

In the UK, the public have been urged to self-isolate if they have any of the three main symptoms of coronavirus.

They include a high temperature, a new cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Most people have at least one of these key warning signs, said the NHS.

If you do develop any of the three symptoms, you’re encouraged to be tested for the infection as soon as possible, along with anybody else that you live with, or that you’re in a support bubble with.

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Meanwhile, some patients have also reported other signs of coronavirus.

Diarrhoea, tiredness, headaches, and a sore throat could also be linked to the infection.

Other patients have also developed a widespread rash that may look similar to hives.

More than 43,000 people have been confirmed to have died from coronavirus in the UK.

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