As the deadly coronavirus slowly engulfs the entire world, it leaves everyone gripped with fear. This may cause some paranoia for most of us. A simple cough or sneeze from a random person will bring many people on their toes. Let’s face it.

Unnecessary panicking gets us nowhere.  It is better to be knowledgeable about the disease instead of excessively worrying about the unknown. We should know which measures to take when we feel like we have caught the virus. Together, let’s talk about coronavirus and its day-to-day symptoms.

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First, it pays to know the key information about this disease. COVID-19 is a brand new strain of coronavirus. Therefore, many are still baffled about it. Scientists are hard at finding a cure, in hopes of finally putting an end to this pandemic. The virus’ average incubation period is about 5 days. However, most also consider a safe range anywhere from 2 to 14 days.

The incubation period is the time between when a person gets infected with the virus and begins manifesting symptoms from the infection. Sure, we all know some basic symptoms patients display from the disease: fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing. But for someone who is sick, when should they expect the appearance of these symptoms? Here’s a day-to-day guide to coronavirus’ symptoms to ease your worries:

Day 1-3

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Symptoms often start off mildly. Day 1-3 is where most patients experience  fever, dry cough, bouts of fatigue, and sometimes muscle or joint pain. Few patients have also reported having diarrhea or nausea 1-2 days before these initial symptoms. Medical experts advise people who experience these symptoms to stay at home and monitor their condition.

However, those with a recent travel history to countries with local transmission of COVID-19 or those who have been in contact with a positive case will be considered as a Person Under Investigation (PUI). PUIs are to undergo home quarantine and isolation for 14 days to see if symptoms appear or worsen. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not immediately rush to the Emergency Room. First, you may inform your family physician and follow instructions as ordered. For those in the Philippines, you may also call local COVID-19 hotlines for proper guidance.

Also read: Coronavirus Not Yet a Pandemic But Countries Should Prepare, says WHO

Day 4-6

Symptoms escalate around the 5th day. This is evident especially for high-risk patients such as the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular, and chronic respiratory diseases. This is the stage when most of the patients experience difficulty in breathing.

Day 7

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Doctors admit patients exhibiting severe respiratory symptoms to the hospital around the 7-day mark. Around the same time, about 85% of patients with only mild symptoms will experience a decrease in their symptoms.

Day 8


Critical patients will have likely developed pneumonia or Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS) around day 8. ARDS is a condition that often requires intubation and is often fatal. About 15% of cases reach this point.

Day 10

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Around day 10, they transfer patients with deteriorating conditions to the ICU. Some become intubated or have experienced other medical complications around this point.

Day 12-14

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For those patients whose path is towards recovery, fever ends around the 12th day. Similarly, difficulty of breathing usually gets resolved on the 13th day. Mild cases recover within 2 to 2 ½ weeks, but those with severe cases recover in an about of 3-6 weeks. Mail Online UK reports that patients with hard- hit cases have 18.5 days as their average time to death.

Most cases are typically mild, with characteristics of symptoms resembling that of a typical flu. Not every patient who tests positive to the test will experience all the said symptoms above. With that being said, we should not take this lightly. We must take all the precautions to reduce infection and transmission. Now that you know the day-to-day symptoms of coronavirus, have more confidence with the knowledge you hold and help others by sharing the information.

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About the Author

Carla Baligod is a mom to 2 loveable kids. She is married to an incredible man, who is a Software Engineer and together with their kids, lives in Japan. Carla is a nurse by profession but after having her kids, she has dedicated her time to taking care of her family 24/7. She enjoys reading, writing, doing arts and crafts, watching movies, and traveling. She aspires to be someone who can contribute to her family while doing something she enjoys, and at the same time is capable of looking after her kids.

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