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Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I see a doctor?

What are the symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?

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What is Covid-19?

It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic.

What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes?
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ccording to the WHO, the foremost common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients can also have a runny nose, pharyngitis, nasal congestion and aches, and pains or diarrhea. About 80% of individuals who get Covid-19 experience a light case – about as serious as a daily cold – and recover without having any special treatment.

About one in six people, the WHO says, become seriously ill. The elderly and other people with underlying medical problems like high vital signs, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of great illness from Covid-19.

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