If You Have These 4 Symptoms, Chances Are High You Have COVID
Some signs are easy to miss, but these common symptoms are clear indicators that you have coronavirus.
Even six months into the coronavirus pandemic, there is still so much we don't know about the virus, including when it comes to identifying whether or not we may be infected. That's because COVID causes so many different symptoms that range in varying degrees of severity and combinations unique in each individual case. The virus very literally can impact your body from your head to your toes. Not to mention, many of the most common symptoms are often indistinguishable from those brought on by other illnesses like the flu, the common cold, or even allergies. That said, a new report from The New York Times shows that there are four signs of COVID-19 that you are most likely to experience if you become infected. Read on to see what those are, and make sure to get tested if you start showing any of these common COVID symptoms. And for more on one of the more unusual signs of coronavirus, check out The Strange New COVID Symptom That's Easy to Miss, Doctor Warns.
Loss of taste or smell
Losing your sense of taste or smell was an early identified symptom of COVID-19, and also one of its most common. According to a May study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 87 percent of COVID patients reported losing their sense of smell, while 56 percent said they lost their sense of taste. Either of these signs, whether on their own or accompanied by other symptoms, should be considered a likely indication of infection. And for tips on how you can help avoid being exposed to coronavirus, check out Dr. Fauci Wants You to Avoid Doing These 9 Things Right Now.
Having a cough is a pretty common symptom of many ailments, or even just a result of allergies or the weather. However, if you are coughing persistently without the sensation of breaking up or expelling mucus, you may want to get tested for COVID-19, as a dry cough is one of the most common symptoms of the virus, according to the experts at Harvard Medical School.
If you notice yourself feeling exhausted all the time and can't put your finger on the reason why, consider addressing the issue by getting tested for COVID-19 or seeking an expert's opinion. Named as one of the common early signs of COVID-19, chronic fatigue was identified in 68.3 percent of coronavirus cases, according to an April study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). And for how the coronavirus can impact your mental health, too, check out 60 Percent of COVID Survivors May Be Dealing With This Forever, Study Says.
In that same JAMA study, researchers discovered that more than half of patients (55 percent) reported having a fever. As a preventive measure, take your temperature if you feel like it may be above normal (i.e. 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above). And if it's in combination with any of the other symptoms on this list, you should isolate yourself and get a COVID-19 test. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.