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Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptom #3: Shortness of breath

The third and final symptom shown in the above picture from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is shortness of breath.  Take a deep breath and breathe in.  Then, breathe out.  If you can take a deep breath, then you are not suffering this symptom from the coronavirus.  If you are wheezing and if you are not a smoker, then you could potentially have Covid-19.

The combination of the three symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is a clear indication that a person has the coronavirus.  This combination of symptoms are completely different from a common cold, which includes fever and a cough.  However a cold does not bring about shortness of breath because a common cold attacks the upper respiratory system, while the coronavirus attacks the lower part of the lungs in your midsection.

As a result, other symptoms of a common cold are a runny nose, chest congestion, and headaches.  These symptoms are not symptoms of the coronavirus.


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  1. It helps to be educated on what the symptoms are so as to take appropriate action. Some people are scorning those who have the common cold nowadays. Thanks for nice and helpful writing on this.

  2. I have to admit that with this virus rampage I am glad I am not a nurse anymore… Sorry to say this but I think I would just go nuts working in this outbreak. But I might just volunteer my services as a volunteer if need be…

    • That’s an issue because you have to keep getting fresh air, but quarantine could stop that for some time. I want you to stay well during this crisis. Do you have a steady oxygen supply if something happens?


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