Coronaviruses tend to cause cold- or flu-like symptoms. Typically, the symptoms are mild, though they vary from person to person.
Symptoms of coronavirus infections may include:
- a runny nose
- a headache
- a cough
- a fever
- a sore throat
- generally feeling unwell
There is currently no cure for the common cold when it results from a coronavirus infection. Treatments include self-care and over-the-counter medications.
Taking the following steps may help:
- resting and avoiding overexertion
- drinking plenty of water
- avoiding smoking and smoky areas
- taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce any pain and a fever
- using a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer
A doctor can often identify the virus responsible for an infection in a sample of fluid from a person’s body, such as a sample of blood or mucus from the nose.