Only 20 Percent of People with COVID-19 in Australia Show Fever Symptoms



The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 has allowed many experts to know the main symptoms of those who have contracted the virus.

The latest data available in Australia shows that only 20 percent of COVID-19 cases begin with fever symptoms from the sufferer.

This epidemiological data is seen from the most recent cases until August 30 which was collected by the Australian National COVID-19 Monitoring Team.

“The most common symptoms that indicate someone has the coronavirus are a cough, sore throat and a runny nose,” said a spokeswoman for the Victoria Department of Health.

“While fever only appears in about 20 percent of patients, those who are older show no symptoms at all.”

However, after seeing the details of these data, 5,866 people from 12,636 cases all showed symptoms of fever, which means around 46 percent.

This is the second most common symptom after coughing.

Why is there a decrease in fever symptoms?

Virus problems expert Tim Newsome from the University of Sydney said it is likely that fever symptoms are being underreported for those with coronavirus because of a higher understanding of the virus.

Another thing he also mentioned was a change in the possibility of who was affected as well.

“I haven’t seen any evidence that this virus has mutated and is now different from the viruses that were there before,” said Dr Newsome.

Dr Newsome said the number of tests being carried out was increasing now.

“At first there was a limitation in the ability to test. Now we are testing more people,” he said.

“So there will be more people who are asymptomatic, who wouldn’t have been tested in the first batch before, and now with the contagion in Victoria exploding, the number getting tested is increasing drastically as well.”

Actually what does it mean if there are symptoms of fever?

Normal human body temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius.

If then the body temperature increases, we will start to enter the fever phase.

Many opinions say the higher the fever we feel, the worse the condition we experience.

Though that is not always the case.

A person can have a temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius but the condition is severe, while there is another person whose body temperature is 41 degrees Celsius but he does not look sick.

Even if the body temperature is as high as 41 degrees Celsius, for example, then there are several other symptoms.

Fever is a symptom of a disease, but not a disease in itself.

Fever is the body’s way of reacting to a foreign attack such as the corona virus.

Fever appeared in the early cases of COVID-19

According to previous data, if you have a fever, then you are likely to have contracted COVID-19.

Researchers from the University of Southern California in the United States concluded this after looking at data on more than 55 thousand cases.

Symptoms of COVID-19 start with fever, followed by coughing, nausea and vomiting and then diarrhea.

Meanwhile, if the flu is common, what happens is we will cough first before having a fever.

There was no difference in symptom sequencing when the investigators compared their mild cases and serious cases with CO VID-19.

The message remains the same: take a test

According to experts, regardless of the sequence of symptoms, if you experience flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with those who are positive for COVID-19, get tested immediately.

Symptoms can include: coughing, fever, chills, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and loss of taste or smell.

“We are still in a state of uncertainty, and we need full social compliance,” Dr Newsome said.

Dr Newsome did what the authorities had advised.

“In my small family, we have tested 13 times in the past month.

This article was produced by Sastra Wijaya.

See the article in English here

(ita / ita)


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