Coronavirus patients contagious days after symptoms disappear

Coronavirus patients contagious days after symptoms disappear

A new study looking at the contagiousness of hospitalized coronavirus patients says they may be infectious even after the symptoms disappear. That includes what the symptoms are and how varied they might be.

Holbrook added reports of anosmia have not been widely documented in more severe cases of COVID-19, especially patients requiring mechanical ventilation, so data has tended to skew towards the milder cases.

Here are 10 less-discussed symptoms of COVID-19.

Approximately 120 million people in the U.S. have cardiovascular disease, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the risk for infection will increase as the outbreak expands.

While the virus does not affect the taste buds on the tongue, because the sense of smell is so psychologically linked to taste, people will feel as if they have also lost their ability to taste.

Coughing, fever, pain in the pharynx (the membrane that connects the nose and mouth to the esophagus) and shortness of breath were among primary symptoms. Two patients had diabetes and one had tuberculosis, neither of which affected the timing of the course of COVID-19 infection.

Countries such as China, Iran, Italy, Germany and France have all reported cases of COVID-19 where patients reported a temporary loss in their sense of smell and/or taste. Her story received more than 2,000 likes and shares in the private Facebook group "Corona Virus COVID-19 Australia", 9Honey in Australia reported.

In a recent case report on a Washington nursing home, almost one-third of the residents tested positive for the coronavirus, but half had no symptoms, and a few patients had unusual symptoms like malaise, a general sense of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness.

But, there are other warning signs that you should be looking out for.

Ventilators are crucial to helping severely ill coronavirus patients to recover. Nevertheless, it reiterates that people recovering from COVID-19 should remain in self-isolation long after symptoms clear up. But this data has not yet been explored in COVID-19 patients.

Eric Holbrook, MD, of Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School in Boston, who was not involved with the research, noted this is a common symptom of a cold or upper respiratory infection, where nasal congestion results in enough swelling to result in an obstruction in nerves responsible for sense of smell.

So far, there is now no hard evidence on this, although many have taken to social media to report smell loss alongside other COVID-19 symptoms.

The fact that it has been reported in health care workers, too, suggests that COVID-19's ease of transmission from the nose is because the viral shedding (when the virus reproduces) is highest there - and even more so in severe cases.

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