Coronavirus symptoms: THIS is not a sign you have COVID-19

A study from the World Health Organization (WHO) which examined more than 55,000 patients in China who had contracted the disease has revealed that sneezing is not a symptom of coronavirus. In fact, nasal congestion was only found in 4.8 percent of cases, which suggests that it is more likely a coincidence that these patients suffered from it while they had COVID-19.

The most common symptom of the disease is a fever, with the WHO data revealing that it was present in 87.9 percent of cases.

The second most common was a dry cough (67.7 percent of cases), and fatigue (38.1 percent).

Headaches, aches and pains throughout the body and sore throat were fairly common symptoms of COVID-19.

The data also found that diarrhea was a rare symptom.

Around the world, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases have now surpassed 420,000 – impacting more than 100 countries.

The number of dead from the disease has also exceeded 18,900 with Europe now becoming the epicentre of the disease.

Italy is the highest area in Europe in terms of cases, with 69,176 as of Wednesday, March 25.

Deaths in Italy have now reached more than 6,800, marking the deadliest outbreak in in the world.

Italy is bound to also become the most infected planet on the country, with it now having just fewer than 13,000 confirmed cases than the highest, China, despite a vastly smaller population.

In the UK, where there are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases, resulting in more than 400 deaths, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a lockdown of at least three weeks in a bid to contain the virus.

Clinical trials to discover the cure have begun in China as part of a European collaboration.

French hospitals began testing the anti-malarial and three other drugs on Sunday as part of a European programme involving 3,200 COVID-19 patients

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Researchers will be hoping a major breakthrough is made quickly, as following lab testing, political hurdles, animal and then human trials, it could take up to 18 months for a vaccine to be readily available, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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