Flu or covid? Some symptoms (and their order) can help distinguish

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After the scientific world has dedicated itself to understanding which symptoms are associated with the new coronavirus that causes covid-19 infections, the order in which these symptoms appear, which can be particularly useful for doctors to evaluate more early and effective the difference between cases of covid and mere common flu.

According to the Belgian newspaper LaLibre, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) studied the cases of 55 924 Chinese patients affected by covid-19 and made a chronological list of the symptoms observed in each patient.

The objective of the study was to establish whether the initial sequence of symptoms was similar or not in many of them. And the results, published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Public Health, tend to prove that there really is a similar pattern in the onset of symptoms.

Based on this study, the researchers were then able to compile a list of the symptoms of coronavirus infection in chronological order:

1) fever
2) cough
3) headache, throat or muscle pain
3) nausea and / or vomiting
4) diarrhea

An order that, The Free, differs from that which is more common in cases of influenza:
1) cough or muscle pain
2) headache
3) sore throat
4) fever
5) nausea and / or vomiting and diarrhea

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