A group of researchers have identified six main forms of Covid-19, which could facilitate the fight against the pandemic, according to an international study published by King’s College London.
The Covid-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus would have six different forms and doctors will have a better chance of saving the most fragile people by identifying in time to which group each patient belongs, announced the King’s College London which refers to the results of a study. Its authors, researchers from the British higher education institution, the University of Massachusetts (United States) and Lund University (Sweden), analyzed the symptoms observed in 1,600 patients in the United States and UK. According to them, the presence of certain clinical manifestations of Covid-19 could indicate whether the patient is at risk of developing a severe form of the disease and thus need a ventilator.
Three of the six forms of Covid-19 identified by scientists are considered rather benign, because in such cases, only 1.5 to 4.4% of patients subsequently required respiratory assistance. The first two forms, “flu-like”, are characterized by headache, cough, sore throat and loss of smell, to which are added other symptoms specific to each type. For the first form , these are muscle pain and chest pain. For the second, fever, hoarseness and loss of appetite are added to the list. For the third form, “gastrointestinal”, diarrhea and loss of appetite are observed.