As the coronavirus infection rate appears not to be slowing down, doctors are observing a few patterns as it relates to how the common symptoms of the virus progress as each day passes. More than forty percent of the cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It further stated that only approximately twenty percent of cases get to the stage of critical or severe.
For persons that display signs, the symptoms are normally a cough and a fever that are the first to arrive. Following close behind would be a sore throat, muscle aches, and pains, nausea, headaches, and diarrhea, although is the case is severe enough, issues with the gastrointestinal tract usually manifest much earlier during the course of the infection. Severe infections also tend to develop one of the trademarks for the coronavirus, namely, breathing difficulties, this occurs within five days following the initial symptoms first appeared.
However, the symptoms do not typically appear immediately after the individual has been infected. The average period for incubation of the virus is between four to five days, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Within this incubation period, an infected person would not realize that they are sick, however, they will still be able to transmit the virus to others during this time.
As stated, prior, during the observation of the millions of cases, doctors have been able to identify a pattern of symptoms for the coronavirus patients:
Day One: Symptoms are mild, to begin with; infected individuals normally experience a fever followed closely by a cough and feeling tired. A few of the persons infected with the virus may have had nausea or diarrhea a couple of days prior to the fever and cough, when this happens it is usually a sign that the infection could be more severe.
Day Two: The tired feeling and the fever would persist during this time, as well as the cough, usually a dry cough.
Day Three: On average, this is the length of time it took infected persons to be admitted to the hospitals after the first display of symptoms. A study that was conducted on over five hundred hospitals discovered that patients that were hospitalized displayed signs of pneumonia on this day during their illness.
Day Five: Difficulty in breathing normally commences around day five, as symptoms begin to get worse, particularly in more severe cases and especially if the infected person has a preexisting health condition or elderly.
Day Six: Fever, cough, and difficulty breathing continue during this day. Some of the infected persons reported having feelings of tightening of the chest or described it as a feeling that a band was around their chest.
Day Seven: Persons that exhibited persistent chest pressure or pain, shortness of breath, and lips and face appeared to have a bluish color, were admitted to the hospitals. Others that were infected but had less severe symptoms normally saw an improvement with their symptoms.
Day Eight: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most infected individuals experience shortness of breath and pneumonia. Approximately fifteen percent of persons diagnosed with COVID-19 will at some point develop symptoms of ARDS or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a medical condition that is said to be the buildup of fluid in the small, elastic air sacs in the lungs, known as the alveoli. This buildup of fluid limits the amount of air that the lungs can carry, resulting in a reduced amount of oxygen being transported through the bloodstream, depriving the rest of the body, including the vital organs of receiving the all-important oxygen they require to function efficiently, this illness that could require the patient being intubated. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome is often fatal.
Day Nine: On this day, patients at this stage could develop sepsis, which is an infection that is caused by an immune system response that is quite aggressive.
Day Ten: It is on this day that infected persons see symptoms beginning to worsen, like difficulty breathing getting more severe. At this stage of the virus infection, persons are highly likely to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit or ICU. As compared to the milder cases of the infection, these patients tend to have a reduction in appetite and but an increase in abdominal pain.
Day Twelve: For some patients, they do not develop Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome until almost two weeks into the infection. A study actually revealed that on average it took some patients twelve days to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. For some, their fever subsided during this time, but the cough normally remained.
Day Thirteen And Fourteen: For individuals that would survive the virus, the issues with breathing would generally subside during this time.
Day Sixteen: Usually on this day patients would normally get relief from the cough.
Day Seventeen To Twenty-One: During this period, persons either recovered from the virus and got discharged from the hospitals or they passed away just after about three weeks of contracting the virus.
Day Twenty-Seven: There are some persons that required a longer stay in the hospitals, on average twenty-seven days was the length of stay for infected persons.