The majority of people with COVID-19:
- Have an uncomplicated or mild illness (81%)
- Experience non-specific symptoms, which can include cough, fatigue, fever, muscle pain, sore throat, anorexia, malaise, dyspnea, nasal congestion, or headache.
Less commonly, although this is continually developing, patients may also present with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Further, a loss of taste and smell has been reported in the infection near the onset, and as of 18 May 2020, is noted in the official symptoms list in the UK.
For high risk patients, particularly those aged above 70, reports state that a relatively small proportion of people may:
- Develop severe illness requiring oxygen therapy (14%)
- Require intensive care unit treatment (5%).
The above is a non-exhaustive list.
Current testing for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is rapidly evolving.