The WHO alerts of a new and unknown Coronavirus symptom

The WHO alerts of a new and unknown Coronavirus symptom

It adds to others such as cough, fever or lack of smell and taste

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed, in a new document on questions and answers about Covid-19, a new symptom that may indicate that we are infected. The WHO explains that people with coronavirus may have difficulties moving or speaking. 

The document states that "people of any age who have a fever or cough and also have difficulty breathing, feel pain or tightness in the chest or have difficulty speaking or moving should seek medical attention immediately. If possible, it is recommended to call the health professional or medical centre first so that they can refer the patient to the appropriate health care facility". 

Still,  they have insisted that the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, dry cough and tiredness. They have also pointed out that other less common symptoms affecting some patients are pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of taste or smell, and skin rashes or colour changes on the fingers or toes.

When could these symptoms appear?

The WHO has reminded that "the time between exposure to Covid-19 and the time when symptoms start is usually about five or six days, but can vary between 1 and 14 days". This new document also reminds that although some people usually present a mild case, these can increase gradually.

About 80 per cent of people who have contracted the disease recover without hospital treatment. However, the disease can be more severe in some risk groups.

"Older people and those with previous medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart or lung problems, diabetes or cancer have a higher risk, but anyone can get Covid-19 and become seriously ill," says the WHO.

[This is a translation of the original article "La OMS alerta de un nuevo y desconocido síntoma del coronavirus" published in]