5 Warning signs of SARS-CoV-2 that people often overlook

Articles Apr 07, 2020 13:39

A dry cough, fever and shortness of breath are the three most common symptoms of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). However, many scientific studies show that there are still other atypical manifestations of COVID-19 in some patients.

There is still much we do not know about the new strain of corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, what are the symptoms of the disease and how does it manifest?

The most common special symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. Although there are people who have no symptoms at all, studies show a significant proportion of cases appear to be different from common signs such as diarrhea or loss of the sense of smell and taste. .

5 Warning signs of SARS-CoV-2 that people often overlook

5 Atypical symptoms of SARS-CoV-2

1. Diarrhea and nausea

About one in 10 COVID-19 patients experiences gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea and nausea, according to a previous Business Insider report.

A study on The Lancet reported that only 3% of Chinese patients had diarrhea. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 5% of people suffer from nausea.

The new study shows that the number may be higher than previously thought and that up to half of patients may have gastrointestinal problems along with respiratory symptoms. Often, these patients also develop common symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, or cough. Only about 3% of the studied cases have only gastrointestinal symptoms.

5 Warning signs of SARS-CoV-2 that people often overlook

2. Irritability and confusion

In a recent report at a nursing home in Washington, nearly a third of the people in the hospital were positive for the new strain of corona virus. But half of the cases are asymptomatic and some patients experience unusual symptoms such as discomfort and discomfort.

In some cases, instability, disorientation or exhaustion may appear. This is one of the most commonly reported atypical symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serious confusion, not being able to wake up or being unable to stay awake can be a warning sign. People with these symptoms, especially if accompanied by other important signs such as blue lips, shortness of breath or chest pain, should seek immediate help.

5 Warning signs of SARS-CoV-2 that people often overlook

3. Headache and dizziness

According to research in The Lancet, about 8% of COVID-19 patients suffer from headaches. Dizziness has also been reported in some cases. Frequent episodes of vertigo or very severe or sudden vertigo can indicate a more serious health risk. However, there are many possible causes for such symptoms, so being dizzy doesn't mean the person has COVID-19.

5 Warning signs of SARS-CoV-2 that people often overlook

4. Colds and muscle aches

Muscle aches and chills can be a symptom of many diseases, and COVID-19 patients also experience this symptom. It's not clear how common these symptoms are, according to the WHO report, but about 11% of people who reported having had a chill and 14% said they had muscle pain. This may be an early sign of more severe symptoms or the only sign of mild COVID-19 cases.

5 Warning signs of SARS-CoV-2 that people often overlook

5. Runny nose and sore throat

A small number of patients COVID-19 have a stuffy or runny nose. Nearly 5% of people with COVID-19 experience these symptoms, according to a WHO report. And sneezing is not related to the new strain of corona virus. If you have one of these problems, it is most likely another disease, such as an allergy or a cold.

A sore throat can sometimes be a sign of COVID-19, but it's also often a sign of a common flu or a cold.

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