Coronavirus symptoms: Signs of COVID-19 infection include joint pain and aches |

Coronavirus is an infectious disease which has been confirmed in more than one million individuals across the world. You could be at risk of COVID-19 if you develop aches and pains in your joints and muscles, it’s been claimed.

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Cases are continuing to rise in the UK, and the government has urged the public to stay at home, to avoid becoming infected or spreading the virus further.

People have been advised to remain indoors, as almost 40,000 UK individuals have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The most common warning signs of the disease include a high fever, and a new, continuous cough.

But, you could also be at risk of coronavirus if you’ve noticed your joints feeling particularly achey, it’s been revealed.

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One patient has explained that her aches and pains were one of the first warning signs that she might have something serious.

Nurse Lisa Merck from Colorado explained that she thought she had a cold, at first.

But, after a few days, the virus began to take hold, and it ended with Merck requiring medical help.

She was in Hawaii for a medical conference, and started to develop joint pain on the flight home, she explained.

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“We went to a medical conference over there, and on the day we were going to leave I had little sniffles. That’s it,” she told news station KDVR.

“We got back [home] and my muscles ached, my bones ached and my joints ached really bad.

“It felt like someone was stabbing me with an ice pick and I was like, ‘I wonder if I have the flu’.

“Finally, on Sunday night, I told my husband, ‘I need you take me to the ER [Emergency Room].

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“I don’t feel well – whenever I stand, I feel like I’m going to faint,” she said. “It’s nothing like I expected.”

Aches and pains could be a sign of coronavirus, but there are more common symptoms to look out for.

One of the tell-tale signs of COVID-19 infection is developing a very high fever.

Anybody that feels hot to the touch on their chest or back could be showing early coronavirus symptoms.

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Similarly, a new, continuous cough is a common sign of the infection.

Anyone that’s been coughing more than usual for longer than a one-hour period, or if they’ve had at least three coughing episodes every 24 hours, should self-isolate.

Everyone has been told to remain at home to avoid spreading the infection.

You should only leave your home to go food or medicine shopping, for medical help, traveling to and from work – where absolutely necessary – and for one form of exercise every day.