Is sore throat a symptom of the coronavirus?

Is sore throat a symptom of the coronavirus?

 

 

The COVID-19 disease that has flu-like symptoms is a result of the SARS-CoV-2 virus; or the novel coronavirus.

 

This strain of virus belongs to the same family of viruses that are responsible for giving diseases ranging from a common cold to various respiratory syndromes.

 

However, the novel coronavirus strain has not been previously identified in humans; according to a report of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This means that the symptoms of a common cold – including sore throat; fever, among others – are also the symptoms of the new coronavirus.

 

According to another report by WHO, “Typical signs and symptoms include: fever, dry cough, fatigue, sputum production, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, myalgia; or arthralgia, chills, nausea or vomiting, nasal congestion, diarrhea, and hemoptysis and conjunctival congestion.”

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Dr Anil Kuamr Rai from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi had previously told IndiaToday.in; “Whenever somebody feels exhausted and they feel that they have difficulty in respiration or that there is some cough with mucus; tightness or heaviness in the chest, these are symptoms of coronavirus. But normal influenza and common cold also have these types of symptoms, as does the H1N1 virus (swine flu).”

 

So yes, sore throat is a symptom of the novel coronavirus.

 

The novel coronavirus has affected over 1,24,330 people worldwide and has taken over 4,900 lives.

 

 

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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