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Table 2 Clinical characteristics of first 54 persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection admitted to hospitals in Uganda

From: Early cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Uganda: epidemiology and lessons learned from risk-based testing approaches – March-April 2020

Characteristic (n = 54 cases) n %
Onset of symptoms
 Symptomatic at sample collection 29 54
 Became symptomatic after sample collection 5 9
 Never became symptomatic at all 20 37
Had underlying medical condition 15 28
Comorbiditiesc (n = 15)
 Hypertension 6 40
 Diabetes mellitus 4 27
 HIV 2 13
 Pre-existing malignancy 1 7
 HIV & diabetes mellitus 1 7
 Hypertension & diabetes mellitus 1 7
Pregnant 1 2
Symptoms (n = 34)
 Fevera 16 47
 Headache 13 38
 Coughab 10 29
 Runny noseb 8 23
 Chest painb 6 18
 Chills 4 12
 Shortness of breathab 3 9
 Sore throatb 3 9
 Nausea 3 9
 Diarrhe 3 9
 Joint pains 2 6
 Irritability or confusion 2 6
 Vomiting 1 3
 Abdominal pain 1 3
Symptom classification (n = 34)
 Any one typicala symptom 22 65
 Two typicala symptoms 6 18
 All three typicala symptoms 1 3
 Any respiratoryb symptoms 16 47
 Only atypical symptoms 12 35
Treatment outcome at time of manuscript-writing
 Recovered 46 85
 Still in isolation 8 15
 Admitted to intensive care unit 0 0
 Died 0 0
  1. aTypical symptoms defined as: fever, cough, shortness of breath [7]. bRespiratory symptoms defined as: cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, runny nose and sore throat;
  2. cComorbidities: HIV Hypertension, Diabetes mellitus, Malignancy