6 COVID-19 Symptom Clusters to Watch For: Study

By RADIO.COM

A new study out of London's King's College found there are several groupings of coronavirus symptoms to watch out for in order to get the proper care.

By tracking 1,600 patients throughout the U.K. and the United States during March and April, researchers were able to determine distinct sets of symptoms that correlate to the coronavirus.

Scientists hope that the discovery of different clusters of symptoms can also determine what kind of care each COVID-19 patient needs.

The study, which has not been peer reviewed according to CBS News, identifies six different "types" of coronavirus that can vary by both symptoms and severity.

Here are the clusters of symptoms outlined in the study, per CBS News:

Flu-like, no fever

• Headache
• Loss of smell
• Muscle pains
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Chest pains
• No fever

Flu-like, with fever

• Headache
• Loss of smell
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Hoarseness
• Fever
• Loss of appetite

Gastrointestinal

• Headache
• Loss of smell
• Loss of appetite
• Diarrhea
• Sore throat
• Chest pain
• No cough

Severe Level 1, fatigue

• Headache
• Loss of smell
• Cough
• Fever
• Hoarseness
• Chest pain
• Fatigue

Severe Level 2, confusion

• Headache
• Loss of smell
• Loss of appetite
• Cough
• Fever
• Hoarseness
• Sore throat
• Chest pain
• Fatigue
• Confusion
• Muscle pain

Severe Level 3, abdominal and respiratory

• Headache
• Loss of smell
• Loss of appetite
• Cough
• Fever
• Hoarseness
• Sore throat
• Chest pain
• Fatigue
• Confusion
• Muscle pains
• Shortness of breath
• Diarrhea
• Abdominal pain

By using these clusters of symptoms, researchers have been able to predict the necessity of breathing support in patients exhibiting different symptoms.

"I think it's very, very interesting," Dr. Bob Lahita, who is not affiliated with the study, told CBS News. "Among the patients I see, those who recovered, many of them present different ways: some people with fever and some without fever, and some with nausea and vomiting, some people with diarrhea, etc."

Researchers found that roughly 16% of patients with the first "type" of coronavirus required hospitalization while nearly half of the patients with the sixth version required a hospital stay.

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