Study Says COVID-19 Symptoms Often Appear in a Certain Order, But Experts Are Skeptical

Updated August 22, 2020

Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, was featured in stories about how COVID-19 symptoms can overlap with the common cold, flu or allergies. “If someone presents with cough first and fever afterward, I wouldn’t assume it’s not COVID,” said Russo. “It’s an interesting guide, but you should never let symptoms alone drive whether or not you should do a test.”