Symptom tracker app reveals six distinct types of COVID-19 infection – Reuters

A Kings College London team discovered that the six types likewise associated with levels of intensity of infection, and with the likelihood of a client requiring aid with breathing – such as oxygen or ventilator treatment – if they are hospitalised.
The findings might help doctors to forecast which COVID-19 patients are most at risk and most likely to require health center care in future waves of the epidemic.
” If you can forecast who these individuals are at Day Five, you have time to provide support and early interventions such as monitoring blood oxygen and sugar levels, and guaranteeing they are appropriately hydrated,” said Claire Steves, a medical professional who co-led the research study.
Cough, fever and loss of smell – often highlighted as three essential signs of COVID-19 – the app information revealed others including headaches, muscle discomforts, tiredness, diarrhoea, confusion, loss of hunger and shortness of breath.
The results also differed considerably; some got mild, flu-like signs or a rash and others died or suffered intense signs.
The research study, released online on Friday however not peer-reviewed by independent researchers, explained the 6 COVID-19 types as:
1 Flu-like with no fever: Headache, loss of odor, muscle discomforts, cough, sore throat, chest discomfort, no fever.
2 Flu-like with fever: Headache, loss of odor, cough, aching throat, hoarseness, fever, anorexia nervosa.
3 Gastrointestinal: Headache, loss of smell, anorexia nervosa, diarrhoea, sore throat, chest discomfort, no cough.
4 Severe level one, tiredness: Headache, loss of odor, cough, fever, hoarseness, chest discomfort, fatigue.
5 Severe level two, confusion: Headache, loss of odor, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, tiredness, confusion, muscle discomfort.
6 Severe level 3, abdominal and respiratory: Headache, loss of smell, anorexia nervosa, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest discomfort, tiredness, confusion, muscle discomfort, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, stomach discomfort.
Patients with level 4,5 and 6 types were most likely to be admitted to hospital and most likely to require breathing assistance, the researchers stated.
Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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LONDON (Reuters) – British researchers evaluating information from a widely-used COVID-19 symptom-tracking app have found there are 6 distinct kinds of the illness, each identified by a cluster of signs.

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