Due to the fact that COVID-19 symptoms tend to mirror other illnesses and symptoms can be mild, many infections go undetected—which is one of the reasons the virus spreads so rapidly. Therefore, identifying an infection early on is one of our key tools in the battle against COVID. So, which symptoms should you look out for? Shawn Nasseri, MD, Mayo Clinic trained Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, reveals the signs you have COVID now. Read on to find out what they are—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
You May Have a Fever
A fever is one of the standout signs you might be battling the virus. “If you find your body temperature to be higher than normal while experiencing chills, I recommend checking your temperature,” Dr. Nasseri states. If you do have a fever—especially in addition to other COVID symptoms—contact your MD.
You May Have a Runny Nose
A runny nose can also be a manifestation of the virus, according to Dr. Nasseri. “Excess nasal drainage may run out of your nose,” he says.
You May Have Body Aches
Any body aches or pains can be COVID related. “Body aches throughout your body are caused by muscle inflammation in the body due to your body reacting to the virus,” explains Dr. Nasseri.
You May Have an Upset Stomach
Digestive problems are also commonly linked to the virus. If you are “experiencing stomach discomfort that most commonly results in diarrhea,” you might be infected.
You May Have a Cough
While coughing is common with a variety of ailments, “having a dry cough where no mucus or phlegm is present versus having a wet cough,” is a sign it is actually COVID.
You May Have Shortness of Breath
If you are having difficulty breathing, you should contact your MD. “With shortness of breath, you may find yourself huffing and puffing while doing physical activity,” explains Dr. Nasseri.
You May Have a Loss of Senses
Loss of smell and taste is one of the earliest signs to develop in a COVID infection, states Dr. Nasseri. “The association with the loss of taste or smell with COVID are that the sustentacular cells help us smell and are the receptor cells that the virus uses to get inside the human cell and attack,” he explains. “This also creates upper respiratory issues which can result in a stuffy or runny nose.”
You Test Positive
While you should quarantine from others immediately if you think you might have COVID, the only way to know for sure is if you get tested. Luckily, at this point in the pandemic, getting ahold of a COVID test is relatively easy.
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Protect Yourself and Others Now
So follow Dr. Anthony Fauci’s 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, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, 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.