Recent numbers indicate that over 87 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, with millions more being directly affected by this virus through deaths and loss of employment to name a few. Some nations are very anxious as they watch the total number of deaths rise. As we navigate this uncertain time, we have to be aware of the symptoms of this virus. By now we have heard about the most widely known symptoms but other lesser-known symptoms, which can be mild but should not be ignored, have been experienced by some persons diagnosed with coronavirus. Let’s have a look at some of these symptoms so that we can adequately safeguard our health.
Numerous medical professionals have indicated that eye infections such as conjunctivitis could be another sign of coronavirus. Remember coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause illnesses that can be as mild as the common cold to as serious as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). It is believed that the coronavirus destroys cells in areas such as the nose and the throat. This then leads to individuals losing their ability to smell and taste. Statements released by medical professionals across the world have indicated that there is evidence of transmission via entry points such as the eyes, nose, and throat areas. We should therefore remember that the virus can be spread if an individual comes into contact with any objects carrying the fluid from an infected person’s eyes. Paying close attention to something as mild as an eye infection could place you in a better position to fight this deadly disease sooner rather than later.
What a year it’s been! Some of us have gone from leading busy lifestyles and always being on the go, to working from your couch and nowhere to go to blow off some steam. Gyms were closed at one point, restaurants have certain restrictions as it relates to in-house dining so that leaves most people up at home. Children have gone from physical, in-class learning to online learning, which cannot adequately cater to every child’s needs. Front line workers have been thrust into more stressful work environments and in some cases, isolation from family and friends in an attempt to protect them. There’s no doubt that everyone, from the youngest to the oldest has experienced or is experiencing mental fatigue, which may also be referred to as brain fog. With brain fog, there is the inability to focus at the level you’ve grown accustomed to. Persons who have contracted coronavirus have reported that they have experienced brain fog. A female patient said that her symptoms started with a stress or tension headache and a tickling sensation in the throat. Soon after the patient, who is also a mother of three, said that she began to experience brain fog, which left her unable to complete simple documents at her children’s schools. She just had the overwhelming feeling to sleep. Another patient stated that she had intense brain fog prior to her symptoms progressing and getting worse. Brain fog is another symptom that should not be ignored.
There are some Covid-19 patients that have listed stomach ache as one of their initial symptoms prior to experiencing the other more well-known symptoms. The American Journal of Gastroenterology has been able to publish a study that found evidence that strongly suggests that diarrhea, one of many digestive issues, is caused by the coronavirus. Researchers, based on the history given by some Covid-19 patients, have discovered that just under 50% of patients presented to the hospital with issues related to stomach aches such as diarrhea and vomiting. One patient initially attributed her stomach ache to what she had for dinner the previous night. However, by the next day, she began feeling worse and developed an itchy throat and felt “absolutely drained”. Despite how she was feeling, she tried to make it through the day to complete her tasks but was unable to do so and ended up going to bed early. She woke up during the night feeling really horrible and her symptoms now included a blocked nose, severe body pains, diaphoresis, and a fever. She was unable to return to sleep due to how she was feeling since she had never experienced anything like that before. A teenager is reported to have died from an inflammatory condition related to the coronavirus after having symptoms which included an upset stomach.
The World Health Organisation commissioned a study that looked at the most common symptoms of the coronavirus. The study showed that fatigue ranked third in the list of common symptoms. One report in the Journal of the American Medical Association tells us that about 44% of the hospitalized coronavirus patients experienced fatigue and/or extreme exhaustion. One young lady who was diagnosed with coronavirus in March has said that her first symptoms were fatigue and fever. The symptoms progressed to chest tightness which led to shortness of breath. Based on all of those symptoms she knew that was dealing with something more serious than the flu. Another young lady states that her initial symptom was the loss of taste and smell, which later developed into feeling unwell and being extremely fatigued. Even with these symptoms, there was no fever or cough. In a short space of time, she could hardly stand and certainly did not have the energy to lift her legs and most definitely did not have to energy to walk. Medical doctors have said that the body is working so hard to fight off the coronavirus and therefore requires a considerable amount of energy to do that, leaving very little for us to use otherwise.