Are There New Symptoms of COVID-19?
Because COVID-19 is still such a new disease, researchers are making new discoveries about how it works every day. As more and more cases occur, we are beginning to see just how it affects people – and that means identifying new symptoms that indicate a COVID infection. Here’s what you need to know about new (and old) COVID-19 symptoms.
It’s been known from the beginning of the pandemic that COVID-19 expresses itself in the body through flulike symptoms. The most common and recognized symptoms are COVID are:
- Fever. A high temperature is usually the first indicator of any infection, and the same is true for the coronavirus infection.
- Cough. There is no specific “COVID cough” – it can be phlegmy or dry.
- Difficulty breathing. COVID-19 affects the lungs and can cause constant shortness of breath.
- Muscle aches. As with the flu, muscle aches can occur with a coronavirus infection as the overactive immune system causes inflammation in the muscles.
- Congestion. An excess of phlegm and inflammation in the sinuses as a result of fighting off infection can cause congestion or runny nose.
As more cases are reported, a wider variety of symptoms are also being reported. Here are some of the newer symptoms identified as being part of the COVID-19 infection.
- Loss of taste or smell. Anosmia, or the loss of taste and smell, is thought to happen when sensory neurons inside the nose are “turned off” by the virus. These often get turned back on when the infection ends, but some former COVID patients report that they still have not gained their sense of smell or taste long after recovering from the virus.
- Gastrointestinal issues. In some cases, patients report nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea during their time with the infection. Some patients report a loss of appetite, which could further exacerbate the illness.
- Skin changes. Some patients, especially younger people, may develop an itchy or painful lesion. They usually occur on the hands or feet and are sometimes referred to as “COVID toes.”
- Eye problems. Swollen eyelids, reddened eyes, watering, or discharge have been reported in connection to COVID. Some patients also have an increased sensitivity to light.
What To Do If You Have Symptoms
A potential infection could be a severe problem but catching it early on by knowing your symptoms is a great way to stay ahead of the game. If you’re feeling under the weather and think that you might have COVID symptoms, consult the CDC’s official list of symptoms and risk factors. If you’d like a second opinion, testing, or treatment, visit a nearby urgent care center for immediate assistance.