Is shortness of breath or pain when breathing a symptom of coronavirus? – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS  continues to ravage the country with Prime Minister Boris Johnson now in intensive care after struggling to recover from the killer bug.

COVID-19 has already taken the lives of over 5,300 people in the UK with key symptoms including a dry cough and fever.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

But is shortness of breath another of those symptoms?

Is shortness of breath or pain when breathing a symptom of coronavirus?

Like with all symptoms, they could be a number of different viruses or illnesses.

But shortness of breath, or pain when breathing, is one of the most common sign that you may have coronavirus, with Mr Johnson currently in ICU and needing oxygen to breathe.

It is considered one of the 'big three' along with constant coughing and a fever.

Yet, unlike fever, fatigue or coughing, shortness of breath is not a typical symptom of a common cold or flu, but could just be a chest infection.

The advice from the NHS is to first isolate just in case you do have coronavirus, including those you live with as they may have also contracted it.

What should I do if I have shortness of breath, fever or coughing?

If you live alone and develop symptoms it is recommended to stay at home for seven days after symptoms begin.

If you live with others, everyone in the house must stay at home and not leave for 14 days.

Studies show that people have the coronavirus without symptoms for five days on average.

What should I do if I only have shortness of breath?

If you are worried about symptoms you can go through the NHS 111 online service.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

What are other symptoms of coronavirus?

A high temperature or fever is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19.

This means that if your chest or back is hot without the need of a thermometer.

Heavy coughing is also another common sign, where people suffer regular fits of coughing.

If you are coughing for more than an hour, suffer three coughing episodes in a 24-hour window or are coughing more than usual, you may have the virus.

Give now to The Sun's NHS appeal

BRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.

But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?

The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.

The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.

We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.

The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.

No matter how little you can spare, please donate today here

Source: Read Full Article