Scientists from UK Reveal 6 Types of COVID-19 Infections

Scientists at the King’s College London (KCL) analyzing the data of a widely used COVID-19 symptom tracking application have claimed that there are 6 different types of COVID-19 infection, each identified by a set of specific symptoms.

The study has identified headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, confusion, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath as some of the symptoms of COVID-19 in addition to the most reported symptoms of cough, fever, and loss of smell.


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According to Claire Steves, a doctor who co-led the study with KCL scientists, the findings will help doctors to predict which Coronavirus patients are at increased risk and which require hospitalization in case of future outbreaks of the COVID-19.

If you can predict who these people are at Day Five, you have time to give them support and early interventions such as monitoring blood oxygen and sugar levels, and ensuring they are properly hydrated.

Here are the 6 types of COVID-19 infections along with their symptoms.

Type 1

Flu-like with no fever: Headache, loss of smell, muscle pains, cough, sore throat, chest pain, no fever.

Type 2

Flu-like with fever: Headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever, loss of appetite.


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Type 3

Gastrointestinal: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, chest pain, no cough.

Type 4

Severe level one, fatigue: Headache, loss of smell, cough, fever, hoarseness, chest pain, fatigue.

Type 5

Severe level two, confusion: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain.

Type 6

Severe level three, abdominal and respiratory: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

KCL researchers have concluded that Coronavirus patients with Type 4, 5, 6 are the ones at increased risk and most likely to be admitted to hospital for respiratory support.



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