Early detection of COVID-19 is crucial, as you can help prevent spreading the virus to others. While some people never experience symptoms, the majority of people do report a few key mild to moderate manifestations of the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s go-to infectious disease expert, has spent the last year educating the country about every aspect of the virus, including the symptoms to look out for. “If you look at the initial signs and symptoms, they resemble very much what we see in a typical flu like syndrome,” Fauci says. But there are some “telltale” signs, he says. Read on to learn about them, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
An elevated temperature is a key sign that your body is battling some sort of an infection or illness. According to Dr. Fauci, fever is one of the most common coronavirus symptoms, with 83-99% of people reporting it.
A cough is another common COVID-19 symptom, according to Dr. Fauci. The COVID-19 cough tends to be dry and without mucus. He maintains that 59-82% of those infected with the virus reported it as a symptom.
Dr. Fauci also explains that extreme exhaustion is another common indicator of the virus, with 44-70% reporting it. For most of those who are infected, the symptom is temporary and their energy returns when the virus runs its course. However, for others who are considered long haulers, it can continue for months on end.
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Shortness of Breath
Another defining symptom of COVID-19 is shortness of breath, according to Dr. Fauci, who maintains that the respiratory infection causes 31-40% people to struggle with breathing when they are battling the virus.
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Myalgia, aka Muscle Aches and Pains
Dr. Fauci maintains that muscle aches and pains (myalgia) is another common COVID-19 symptom, with 11-35% reporting the symptom. This week, Ellen DeGeneres revealed she had “excruciating” back pain from COVID.
How to Avoid Covid Now
As for yourself, follow his fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.