Table 2 Earliest checklist symptoms experienced, participant-defined first symptoms and checklist symptoms at time of presentation to a medical practitioner (n = 360)
SymptomsEarliest checklist symptom(s) experienced No (%)Participant-defined first symptom(s)No (%)Checklist symptom(s) at time of presentation No (%)
Cough70 (19)117 (32)218 (61)
Shortness of breath76 (21)81 (22)211 (59)
Coughing up phlegm49 (14)27 (7)177 (49)
Tiredness/fatigue/lethargy57 (16)51 (14)118 (33)
More short of breath than usual41 (11)11 (3)126 (35)
Loss of weight71 (20)27 (7)124 (34)
Loss of appetite57 (16)23 (6)111 (31)
Pain in chest/shoulders/back related to breathing or coughing49 (14)53 (15)108 (30)
Hoarse voice38 (10)8 (2)81 (22)
Change in a cough18 (5)3 (1)68 (19)
Haemoptysis17 (5)44 (12)61 (17)
Difficulty swallowing12 (3)5 (1)23 (6)
Swelling of the face or neck11 (3)11 (3)21 (6)
“No symptoms” (eg, incidental finding)27 (7)4 (1)
Median (IQR) number of symptoms experienced1 (1–2)2 (1–2)4 (2–5)