Article by Herb Scribner
New research published in BMJ Open Ophthalmology has identified the four most often reported COVID-19 symptoms.
Researchers issued an online questionnaire from people who had a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. The researchers then compared symptoms patients experience pre-COVID-19 and once they had COVID-19. The research was mostly centered around ocular issues.
What are the common symptoms?
The study discovered four of the most common symptoms for COVID-19 patients, which included:
- Fatigue — 90%.
- Fever — 76%.
- Loss of smell/taste — 70%.
- Dry cough — 66%.
One more note …
The study also identified the high-prevalence of “sore eyes,” which was identified as one of the most common ocular issues among patients.
- “While it is important that ocular symptoms are included in the list of possible COVID-19 symptoms, we argue that sore eyes should replace ‘conjunctivitis’ as it is important to differentiate from symptoms of other types of infections, such as bacterial infections, which manifest as mucous discharge or gritty eyes,” the authors wrote, according to the American Journal of Managed Care.