These Are the 51 Most Common COVID Symptoms You Could Have

Nearly 650 coronavirus patients shared their wide array of symptoms and these were the most common.

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One of the elements of COVID-19 that continues to evolve is the wide range of symptoms that the virus can bring about in infected individuals. And as time passes, we are learning more and more about the most common signs of the virus, discovering new ones, and gaining a greater understanding about the symptoms that stick around after recovery. A self-organized group of coronavirus patients have been discussing their symptoms in the Body Politic COVID-19 Support Group for months and they decided to conduct a survey on the range of issues they were experiencing.

The survey involved 640 presumed positive or proven positive COVID cases (though some tested negative) and was primarily distributed to the Body Politic COVID-19 Support Group on Slack, the Facebook group Survivor Corps, and through the organizers' personal social media accounts. To better understand what you should look out for with the coronavirus, here are the 51 most common symptoms of COVID-19 among the survey's respondents. And for more ways coronavirus affects your body for the long haul, check out The 98 Longest Lasting COVID Symptoms You Need to Know About.

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Coughing up blood

Man with phlegm coughing into tissue at home
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 4.4 percent

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Vomiting

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 10.2 percent

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Cystic acne

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 10.3 percent

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Urinary issues

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 11.4 percent

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Pink eye

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 11.8 percent

And for more on why some patients show no signs of infection at all, check out This Is Why COVID Kills Some People and Others Are Symptom-Free, Study Says.

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Rattling of breath

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 15.0 percent

45
Hand tremors

Older Person Can't Pick Up Water Because of Shaking Hands Surprising Symptoms
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 17.7 percent

44
Skin rash

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 17.9 percent

And for more on how coronavirus can affect your body's largest organ, check out 6 COVID Symptoms That Are Right in Front of You.

43
Low oxygen levels (below 95 percent)

senior woman sitting at a table using a Pulse Oximeter to monitor Blood Oxygen Saturation levels
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 18.5 percent

42
Lower esophagus burning

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 22.1 percent

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41
Sensitive skin or tingling sensation

Woman with tingling in hand
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 24.0 percent

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Vertigo

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 25.1 percent

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Sensitivity to light

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 26.0 percent

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Dry skin

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 26.2 percent

37
Short term memory loss

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 26.5 percent

36
Hallucinations or lucid dreaming

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 28.8 percent

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Body shaking

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 29.3 percent

34
Wheezing

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 29.3 percent

33
Eye strain

young woman rubbing her eye and holding eyeglasses. She is suffering with aching eyes while working long hours on computer at home.
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 29.9 percent

32
Tingling or numbness in extremities

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 32.1 percent

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Swollen lymph nodes

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 32.3 percent

30
Ear aches

white man pressing his ear and looking concerned
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 32.8 percent

29
Extreme thirst

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 34.0 percent

28
Trouble regulating body temperature

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 35.0 percent

27
Persistent cough

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 35.6 percent

26
Tachycardia (rapid heart beat)

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 36.2 percent

25
Post-nasal drip

Woman holding her throat because of post nasal drip
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 36.4 percent

24
Sneezing

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 37.5 percent

23
Cough with mucus

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 38.6 percent

22
Loss of taste

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 39.2 percent

21
Sinus pain

Stressed man with a pressure headache between eyes
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 39.5 percent

20
Loss of smell

Woman trying to smell a cup of coffee
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 42.9 percent

19
Fever above 100.1 degrees

A man with a fever grabs his head with his hand while reading a thermometer, doing a temperature check for coronavirus
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 48.0

18
Nausea

Man suffering from stomach ache nauseous
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 52.2 percent

17
Elevated pulse or heart rate

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 56.7 percent

16
Dizziness or lightheadedness

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Patients who experienced the symptom:60.8 percent

15
Lung burn

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 61.6 percent

14
Loss of appetite

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 63.8 percent

13
Trouble sleeping

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 66.3 percent

12
Anxiety

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 68.7 percent

11
Brain fog or trouble concentrating

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 68.8 percent

10
Sore throat

unhappy woman sitting on her bed with sore throat
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 69.6 percent

9
Elevated temperature (between 98.8 and 100 degrees)

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 72.4 percent

8
Dry cough

sick man coughing outside, signs your cold is serious
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 72.7 percent

7
Gastrointestinal issues

Woman hunched over experiencing stomach pain and digestive issues
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 74.6 percent

6
Chills or sweats

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 76.2 percent

5
Body aches

man with back pain, health questions after 40
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 83.5 percent

4
Headache

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 84.0 percent

3
Shortness of breath

reaching for inhaler because of shortness of breath, heart warning signs
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 85.3 percent

2
Tightness of chest

man in surgical mask grasping chest with breathing difficulties or asthma
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Patients who experienced the symptom: 87.1 percent

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Fatigue

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Patients who experienced the symptom: 98.4 percent

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