In a major breakthrough for treatment, Scientists discover six types of COVID-19

The different types of the disease are believed to determine its severity among infected people.

COVOD-19 clusters

In what comes as a major breakthrough, scientists have identified six distinct types of COVID-19. Each type, with a specific collection of symptoms, could help doctors predict which category of patients are most at risk.

The different types of the disease are believed to determine its severity among infected people.

Researchers from King’s College London, who led the study, say, “The breakthrough will have significant implications on treatment decisions during a possible second wave of the coronavirus.”

A regular cough, fever, and loss of smell are typically highlighted as the three main symptoms of the disease. However, data gathered from around 1,600 users of the COVID Symptom shows that people could experience a wide range of different effects.

Researchers concluded that the six main clusters of symptoms each infected person experienced  indicate how quickly the disease would grow and how ill they were likely to get.

The six distinct clusters of COVID-19 are as follows:

Cluster 1: ‘Flu-like’ with no fever – loss of smell, headache, cough, chest pain, muscle pains, sore throat, and no fever.

Cluster 2: ‘Flu-like’ with fever – Headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, temperature, and appetite loss.

Cluster 3: Gastrointestinal – loss of smell, headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, chest pain, and no cough.

Cluster 4: Fatigue, Severe level one – Fever, cough, headache, loss of smell, hoarseness, chest pain, and fatigue.

Cluster 5: Confusion, Severe level two – Fever, cough, headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, and muscle pain.

Cluster 6: Abdominal and Respiratory, Severe level three,– Fever, cough, headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, hoarseness, fatigue, sore throat, chest pain, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and, abdominal pain.

 Percentage of people in each Cluster

ClusterPercentage of People infected
People with cluster 11.5 %
People with cluster 24.4%
People with cluster 33.3%
People with cluster 48.6%
People with cluster 59.9%
People with cluster 619.8%

 

Dr. Claire Steves from the King College London, said, “These findings would help monitor people who are most vulnerable to the severe virus.

“If you can predict at what level people are at day five, you have time to give them support and early interventions.”

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