What are the symptoms of coronavirus and what is the difference between COVID-19 and a cough?
10 March 2020, 15:50 | Updated: 17 March 2020, 16:41
How can you tell whether you've got a cold or coronavirus? Here's what we know so far.
Coronavirus is spreading across the UK, with the latest number of cases confirmed as 373.
With the death toll now hitting six, people are being vigilant over symptoms of COVID-19, but struggling to differentiate between the common cold and the potentially deadly virus.
From the symptoms of coronavirus to the differences between COVID-19 and a cold or cough, here's what we know so far:
What are the symptoms or coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organisation, the most common symptom of coronavirus is a fever, however, there are others to look out for.
Two thirds of people with COVID-19 get a dry cough as a symptom, as well as the following symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Myalgia or arthralgia
Nausea and vomiting
The WHO say: "People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days)."
What are the differences between a cold or cough and the coronavirus?
The main difference is believed to be the type of cough you have.
Coronavirus is said to cause a dry cough, which is also known as a "non-productive" cough, because it brings up no phlegm.
If you are worried you have symptoms of COVID-19, call 111 for more advice.