Identifying Early COVID-19 Symptoms Can Predict Severity, Guide Proper Treatment

Early COVID-19 symptoms cluster into 6 types, three of them severe, denoting the levels of seriousness of the infection and the likelihood that the patient will need oxygen or ventilator intubation if hospitalized.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first five days of COVID-19 symptoms can predict both the severity of the disease and the treatment that will be required, says a preliminary report entitled “Symptom clusters in Covid19: A potential clinical prediction tool from the COVID-19 Symptom study app,” distributed by MedRxiv, a medical archive for unpublished medical articles.

Confusion, abdominal pain, and shortness of breath are hallmarks of the most severe manifestations of the disease, the study reports. The impact of these findings may be significant enough that an early-symptom-based Type Classification is making its way towards being . . .

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