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COVID-19 symptoms appear in this order, according to a new study

Researchers at the University of Southern California explained the order of symptoms for the novel coronavirus

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Shelby Close, a certified medical assistant with University of Utah Health, holds a COVID-19 test kit as she waits for a car to arrive at a testing facility in Park City on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Shelby Close, a certified medical assistant with University of Utah Health, holds a COVID-19 test kit as she waits for a car to arrive at a testing facility in Park City on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The testing facility is part of the David Eccles School of Business and University of Utah Health’s new Utah Health & Economic Recovery Outreach program.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

University of Southern California researchers recently said that they’ve found the order of symptoms for the novel coronavirus, which might help health care workers identify cases earlier than expected.

  • The new findings could also help treat patients earlier, too.
This is a good guide of sorts. We can say safely, studying as they did, I think it was 55,000 patients from China, they looked at the data and looked at the symptoms and found that this order was pretty reproducible. — Dr. Bob Lahita, a professor of medicine, told CBS News.

The order of symptoms

The study — published in the medical journal Frontier Public Health — found the order of symptoms to be:

  • Fever
  • Cough and muscle pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The researchers said this order allows health care workers to identify the coronavirus because the timing is different than with other viruses, according to CBS News.

Similar reach on ‘COVID types’

  • Previous research from King’s College London suggested there might be six different subtypes of the novel coronavirus, based on self-reported symptom data from patients, which I wrote about for Deseret.com.
  • The subtypes included ones where there was fever and flu-like symptoms, but others where there were more gastrointestinal issues.