A routine overview of how COVID-19 symptoms develop

Day-by-day breakdown of how the symptoms of COVID-19 progress in patients:

Day 1: Patients will run a fever and may experience fatigue, muscle pain, and dry cough.

Day 5: Researchers found that it took an average of five days for signs of breathing difficulties to kick in patients. Symptoms might include shallow breathing, tightness in the chest, heart palpitations, and wheezing.

Day 7: For most patients, Day 7 would mean the end of phase one leading to diminishing symptoms. Doctors at this time advise continuing self-isolation to discard any further complications.

Day 8: Severe cases tend to develop signs of acute respiratory distress, according to a study from Wuhan. The NHS terms this as life-threatening where the lungs cannot provide oxygen to other organs.

Day 10: If patients exhibit worsening symptoms, they are admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Day 12: In the Wuhan study, fever ended for most people on Day 12. Many still had a cough.

Days 13-14: For those who survive the virus, breathing difficulties generally end on these days.

Day 17: On average, people who recover from the virus are discharged from the hospital after two-and-a-half weeks.

Day 18: For those who do not survive the virus, the average number of days from onset of symptoms until death is 18 1/2 days.