You may have had COVID-19 and not realise it
These days, it’s hard to determine precisely what’s wrong with you when you’re not feeling well. Is it a harmless cold, the flu, or the coronavirus? Some people get sick when they contract COVID-19, while others don’t realise they have (had) the virus. Are you wondering if you have had the virus and do not know it? These seven signs may indicate that it was.
1. Common cold
At this time of year, many people have a cold. However, your cold the other day might not have been so innocent after all. It could be a symptom of the coronavirus. If you’ve only had one cold and no other unusual symptoms, experts say there’s a good chance you only suffered from a simple cold. Was your cold accompanied by one (or more) of the following symptoms? In this case, you may have had the coronavirus.
- Fever and chills
- A cough
- Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
- Loss of smell and taste
- Sore throat
- A runny nose
- Nausea and vomiting
2. Loss of smell and taste
One of the leading indicators of coronavirus is loss of smell and taste. This symptom does not appear in all patients and can also occur with a cold. If you have suffered from loss of smell and taste for an extended time, you may have had COVID-19.
3. Hair loss
Little research has been done on the relationship between hair loss and coronavirus. Nevertheless, there are many cases in America where the patient suddenly lost his hair while recovering. According to a doctor, it’s important to realise that hair loss is rarely the only symptom of COVID-19. Haven’t you had any other symptoms? So hair loss could very well be a result of stress.
4. Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is one of the most well-known symptoms of the virus. Many people who have had corona suffer from shortness of breath for months. The exact duration of this symptom has not yet been determined, and it is likely related to prolonged inflammation of the lungs. However, what is clear is that it is one of the most persistent symptoms that patients suffer from.
5. Persistent cough
A persistent cough is also a common symptom of COVID-19. It is often a dry cough, which means that there is hardly any mucus. A US study has shown that 43% of people infected with the virus have a dry cough for 14 to 21 days after diagnosis.
A Journal of the American Medical Association study found that 53% of patients with COVID-19 sometimes experience extreme fatigue for up to 60 days after diagnosis. If you have noticed that you have been exhausted for a while and have other symptoms, you may have already had the virus.