Experts say some signs can be tip-offs that you might have had COVID-19 already. Here are the top ones to know, plus what it means for immunity.
You had a “bad cold.” It can be tough to distinguish a cold from a mild form of COVID-19 without a test, depending on which symptoms you experience, but colds don’t typically cause shortness of breath, severe headaches, or gastrointestinal symptoms like COVID-19 can.
You lost your sense of smell or taste at one point. Loss of smell and taste has been a big hallmark of COVID-19. While this symptom doesn’t occur for everyone, it’s now strongly linked with this coronavirus in COVID-19 patients who lost their sense of smell, 27% had “some improvement” within about seven days, while most were better within 10 days.
You feel breathless sometimes. Research has found that people with COVID-19 can have after-effects of the virus, including shortness of breath. It’s not entirely clear why at this point or how long this can last, but it’s likely due to lasting inflammation in the lungs.
You have a cough that will not go away. A lingering cough is another symptom that people who participated in a recent study reported. The cough is often dry, meaning that nothing comes up, like like phlegm or mucus,
You’re really, really tired. This is one of the biggest lingering effects after a person has had COVID-19. Research found that 53% of patients said they were struggling with fatigue around 60 days after they first showed signs of the virus.
You have unusual symptoms that seem to be lasting forever. If you’ve been feeling off and your symptoms are persistent, it’s a good idea to get checked out by your health professional , whether you think it’s related to COVID-19 or not.
Source: KK Publishers