“U.S. COVID-19 patients report a wide range of symptoms across a spectrum of illness severity; these findings can inform clinical case definitions or testing guidance to aid prompt recognition to slow the spread of COVID-19,” according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study found that 96% of the patients reported having a fever, cough or shortness of breath. And about 45% of the respondents, asked about a wide range of symptoms, reported having all three symptoms.
The report looked at symptomatic patients only with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. Overall, a cough was the most common symptom, with 84% of the people reporting it as a symptom. The CDC notes that these results are not generalizable, since they represent a set number of cases during a specific time frame. However, the data may help medical professionals better advise who ought to be tested.