The telltale signs of the coronavirus infection are dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. However, this is not where the symptom list stops, there are more signs that have been associated with COVID-19. Some of these include muscle and body aches, chills, fatigue, sore throat, and congestion. As each day passes and doctors learn more and more about the deadly virus, there is a new list of uncommon and unusual symptoms, ranging from vomiting to lesions. It is being revealed that the virus is not just a respiratory illness but it is attacking the entire body. Read on in this article to learn more about newer, less common symptoms of COVID-19, because as you understand more, you are in a better place to help yourself and others that are close to you.
Loss Of Taste Or Smell
Although you might have already heard about this symptom, there is a net loss of smell or taste. This symptom can take place regardless of if you have nasal congestion or not and can linger anywhere between nine to fourteen days. A recent study suggests that this loss of smell or taste can be considered one of the strongest signs of someone contracting the coronavirus.
Diarrhea And Vomiting
Doctors are discovering gastrointestinal distress symptoms in coronavirus infected patients of all ages and ethnicities. These symptoms are vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. In some of the individuals that contract COVID-19, they may experience one or more of these symptoms before showing signs of a fever or prior to developing respiratory symptoms, what is more, is that these symptoms might only manifest for one day and then vanish. According to the doctors, this could be as a result of the coronavirus directly attacking the cells of the gastrointestinal tract. Another thesis is that it could be as a result of the body combating the infection.
These are also called COVID toes, there appear as painful lesions that have a close resemblance to chilblains, which is a rash that is inflammatory due to the skin being exposed to dry, cold air. Yet another uncommon symptom of the coronavirus, in this one, the rash can result in the toes becoming swollen, itchy, and feeling as if they are on fire, in some cases, it has been reported that the toes change color and appear purple or red. Although the lesions have been given the name COVID toes, it does not mean that they cannot appear somewhere else, it is just that the lesion commonly appears on the feet by they attack the hands as well. Most of the individuals manifest these lesions sometime after the infection and are mostly asymptomatic except for the evidence of the COVID toes. Other rashes that have similar appearances of chickenpox or hives have also been seen in persons that have contracted the coronavirus.
Headaches, Confusion, Or Dizziness
Neurological symptoms such as headaches, confusion, and dizziness, just to name a few, are being considered signs of COVID-19, particularly in older adults that have serious infections. One of the issues with these signs is that many health professionals overlook them or dismiss them easily, thinking that they may be signs of dementia, which is quite common with persons of a certain age. The symptoms normally disappear once the infection takes its course and begin to subside.
Blood clots are a serious symptom of the coronavirus. Numerous individuals that have contracted the virus have passed away due to blood clots or because of the damage that results from the blood clots, namely, heart attack, stroke, or lung damage. Blood clots can manifest themselves as redness, pain, or swelling in a particular area of the body, as what would happen if the blood clot occurs in the feet or the areas in close proximity. Those blood clots that form in the lungs, heart, or brain can result in more severe issues, such as pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrest, or stroke. The signs of a stroke are dizziness, confusion, and or numbness of the face, legs, or arms. Symptoms of myocarditis or an infection of the heart are a pain in the chest, irregular heart rhythms, and cardiac arrest. Get immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of these.
Happy hypoxia is a condition where persons experience significantly low oxygen levels in their blood, which normally would result in the person becoming unconscious, however, in the case of Happy Hypoxia the person that is experiencing it is very much alert. Some doctors and scientists have the assumption that this could be a result of the blood clotting in the blood vessels of the lungs; however, this is still just a theory and there is no evidence to back it up.
Myalgia And Intense Back Pain
Myalgia and muscle pain is a feature of rapid viral multiplication and can result in shooting pains and chills in the muscles and joints. During the peak days of the coronavirus infection, joint ache, back pain, and inflammation become very predominant. Inflammation and pain can be felt in very sensitive and blood vessel rich section of the body, furthermore it can spread through the bloodstream and result in important tissues becoming infected. Stress can also be experienced by the tendons, nerves, ligaments, and joints, leading to agonizing back pain and headaches, especially if the fever lingers and lead to acute inflammation.
Fighting off this virus can leave many a person feeling fatigued and drained and they might even lose their appetite. Sufferers of severe symptoms tend to lose weight as a side effect. Chronic infection and rapid inflammation can also manifest themselves as unexpected weight loss, and the body begins to lose out on muscle mass and stamina, at times leading to life-threatening weakness.