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People who recently called the 111 service reported that their fever was usually high (over 38c) and persistent over more than 4 days.
The cough was generally dry and developed several days after the fever (3 or 4 days).
The breathing difficulty varied from person to person and in some it was intermittent chest tightness like an asthma attack.
Fatigue and muscle aches seemed worse in the first 4 days with cough and breathlessness after that. The cough and breathlessness persisted in some beyond 2 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: The fever is your body’s way to fight the infection. We do not have any medicine to treat this virus at present but your immune system will fight it.The fever is part of that process.
A: Patients who have confirmed COVID-19, or believe they have COVID-19, should take paracetamol in preference to ibuprofen. Those already taking Ibuprofen for other conditions should not stop using them.
A: The fever can go on for 7 days with this infection. If you are still feverish after 7 days then use the NHS 111 coronavirus online service for further advice.
A: The cough can go on for 3 weeks. If you are not too breathless and able to eat and drink the dry cough will settle over time.
A: Breathlessness is a feature of this illness due to irritation and inflammation of the lungs. If the breathlessness is severe, you may need to have oxygen support or ventilation in hospital. This is likely if you are too breathless to climb the stairs or unable to hold a conversation or unable to eat and drink.
A: You will only be swabbed is you are so sick that you need to be admitted to hospital. The test results takes 3 to 4 days at present.
A: This virus has no specific treatment. You will come into the hospital if the inflammation in the lungs is so severe that you need oxygen support or ventilation. Less that 1 in 10 people will need this support.
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