13 clinical characteristics of coronavirus

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A study of 99 patients with the new strain of coronavirus shows that the infection causes fever, coughs and shortness of breath.

The study, published in The Lancet, examines all confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV pneumonia in a Wuhan, China, hospital from Jan. 1 to Jan. 20. Researchers conducted follow-ups through Jan. 25.

Of the 99 patients, 67 were men and 32 women. Clinical characteristics include:

• 83 percent had a fever
• 82 percent had a cough
• 75 percent had pneumonia in both lungs
• 31 percent had shortness of breath
• 17 percent developed acute respiratory distress syndrome
• 11 percent had muscle ache
• 9 percent showed symptoms of confusion
• 8 percent had headaches
• 5 percent had a sore throat
• 4 percent had runny noses
• 2 percent had chest pain
• 2 percent had diarrhea
• 1 percent had nausea and vomiting

Of the 17 percent with acute respiratory distress syndrome, 11 percent died of multiple organ failure.

As of Jan. 30, 8,235 people have gotten sick from the virus, and 171 have died.

 

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