How do you know if you have COVID-19? On Monday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, detailed all the signs and symptoms associated with the virus responsible for infecting over 11.1 million Americans and robbing the lives of over 246,000. “About 80% have mild to moderate symptoms,” he revealed at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 69th Annual Meeting COVID-19 Plenary Session. Unfortunately, an additional 15 to 20 percent have severe symptoms he added, and “it should also be pointed out that a considerable proportion of the 40 percent have no symptoms at all.” Here are the most common symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, associated with the virus, per Dr. Fauci. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci revealed in his presentation that 83 to 99 percent of people who catch COVID-19 experience a fever early on. “If you look at the initial signs and symptoms, they resemble very much what we see in a typical flu like syndrome,” he explained.
The second most common symptom experienced by Covid sufferers is a dry cough. 59 to 82 report this symptom, per Fauci.
Severe exhaustion is reported by 44 to 70, per Fauci.
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Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is one of the defining symptoms of COVID-19, as it is a respiratory virus. Fauci points out that 31 to 40 percent of sufferers have trouble breathing.
Myalgias, or muscle pain, is a common symptom of the flu and somewhat common for those with COVID. According to Fauci, 11 to 35 percent report this type of body pain.
Fauci also notes that COVID-19 can be accompanied by non-specific symptoms. These include sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of smell/taste, usually preceding the onset of respiratory symptoms.
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Manifestations of Severe COVID
People with severe COVID-19 infections — 15 to 20 percent of those with the virus — can experience more devastating symptoms. “If you look at the manifestations of severe COVID-19, they are plentiful,” he pointed out. They include neurological disorders, hyperinflammation, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), cardiac dysfunction, hypercoagulability — “manifested by microthrombi and small vessels and acute thrombotic phenomenon sometimes seen in otherwise well young individuals” — acute kidney injury, and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, similar to Kawasaki syndrome, he explains.
Dr. Fauci explains that some people are experiencing a post-COVID-19 syndrome, which includes both people who are initially symptomatic and those who are asymptomatic or don’t require hospitalizations, who end up with lingering illness. “Virologically a certain percentage— sometimes as high as one third—experienced lingering symptoms for weeks to months, including profound fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, occasional fever, dysautonomia, and what some describe as brain fog or inability to concentrate,” he explained.
How to Not Die From COVID-19 During the Pandemic
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place until there’s a vaccine available: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.