Coronavirus update: The symptoms of COVID-19 that can appear before a cough and fever

Coronavirus update: The symptoms of COVID-19 that can appear before a cough and fever

Neurological symptoms can also include loss of taste and smell, seizures, muscle pain and difficulty concentrating.

The findings, published in the Annals of Neurology, illustrate the virus is far more than a respiratory infection and rather one that poses “a global threat” to the whole nervous system.

Lead study author Igor Koralnik, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said: “It’s important for the general public and physicians to be aware of this, because a SARS-CoV-2 infection may present with neurological symptoms initially, before any fever, cough or respiratory problems occur.”

As part of the study, Koralnik’s team looked at 19 COVID-19 patients hospitalised at Northwestern Medicine to see how often neurological complications appeared.

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Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:52:00 +0000