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Most COVID-19 patients with symptoms likely had 1 of these 3 symptoms

A small CDC survey reveals three symptoms most COVID-19 patients had

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In this Thursday, April 9, 2020, photo, a patient care room is reconditioned for use during the coronavirus pandemic at the St. Vincent Medical Center building in Los Angeles. The empty hospital near downtown Los Angeles is being leased by the State of California to operate as a healthcare facility during the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles County.

In this Thursday, April 9, 2020, photo, a patient care room is reconditioned for use during the coronavirus pandemic at the St. Vincent Medical Center building in Los Angeles. The empty hospital near downtown Los Angeles is being leased by the State of California to operate as a health care facility during the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles County.

Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press

Patients who showed signs of having COVID-19 likely had one of three specific symptoms, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The three symptoms were:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC published the results of the new survey on Thursday. It reviewed data from 164 people in a lab, all of whom had COVID-19. The patients all showed symptoms of COVID-19. They were sick from Jan. 14 to April 4.

For the analysis, the CDC sent a survey to all the patients “to report on a wide variety of symptoms and also asked to report on any additional symptoms that were not widely recognized,” according to CNN.

In total, 96% had either fever, cough or shortness of breath. About half of that — 45% — experienced all three of those symptoms.

Coughs were the most common, with 84% saying they had a cough. Meanwhile, 80% said they had a fever. Shortness of breath remained common among those who were sent to the hospital.

These three symptoms come as the CDC continues to update its guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms. The organization quietly added three symptoms at the end of June, including congestion or runny nose, nausea and diarrhea, which hadn’t been there before, as I wrote for Deseret.com.