COVID-19 Symptoms You May Not Be Aware Of
The COVID-19 virus could have been present for a lot longer than we imagined. As a result, people may have been infected with the virus and recovered without realizing it. There are certain clear signals that you might be one of them.
Early in 2020, did you experience COVID-19 symptoms? That is when the virus began to spread over the world, according to experts. Consider whether you traveled during that time period, particularly to nations where the virus was spreading. It’s worth noting that if you have COVID-19, the antibodies may have already vanished.
COVID-19 is primarily communicated from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or talking. It’s possible to contract it even if the sick person shows no signs or symptoms. It usually spreads amongst persons who are in close proximity for 15 minutes or more (approximately 6 ft). If you’ve been in close touch with someone who has tested positive, talk to your doctor about antibody testing.
COVID-19 and the flu have a lot of similarities. Both strike unexpectedly, leaving you coughing profusely, exhausted, and with body aches or a headache. You may also vomit and defecate frequently. An antibody test could reveal whether COVID-19 is to blame for your symptoms.
Doctors are still learning more about COVID-19’s short- and long-term impacts on your body. It starts with ordinary flu symptoms for some people. However, it has the potential to harm your lungs, liver, kidneys, and even your brain.
In the winter, it’s pretty uncommon to catch a cold. However, if you caught a cold in late 2019 or early 2020, it’s possible that it was COVID-19. One way to tell the difference is that COVID can persist up to two weeks, although a cold usually only lasts a few days. COVID, unlike a cold, might have given you a fever and made it difficult to breathe.
The virus usually comes into touch with you when a nearby infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, releasing droplets into the air. It easily spreads between people within 6 feet of one another. Even if they don’t feel unwell, an infected individual can transfer these droplets. The virus can infect you if you come into contact with an infected object, such as a doorknob. However, this is a rare occurrence.
Feeling like you can’t breathe is a common symptom of COVID-19. This isn’t often a symptom of a cold or the flu. COVID-19 can cause bronchitis, which you may have thought you had. It may have been anxiousness or a panic attack. Shortness of breath with COVID, on the other hand, lasts longer than a panic episode. It’s also accompanied with flu-like symptoms.
The virus normally settles in the cells that line your nose, nasal cavity, and throat once it enters your body. For the most part, this is how it stays. Symptoms usually appear after a few days, but you may not notice anything for up to two weeks as the virus invades and reproduces healthy cells. Even if you don’t display any symptoms, you can pass it on to others.
One of the most prevalent COVID-19 symptoms that might last a long time is a constant cough. If you’ve had a cough for more than two months, see your doctor (1 month for kids). If you experienced a dry cough that didn’t go away after a long time, it could have been a sign of COVID-19. It wouldn’t have been the same as a cough brought on by a cold. It would have started out moderately, but over the next 5 to 7 days, it would have gotten much worse.
Another typical symptom of COVID-19 is shortness of breath, often known as dyspnea. If you’ve been experiencing shortness of breath and other COVID-19 symptoms for a long time, see your doctor.
One more long-term symptom of the infection is headache.
We’ve been warned to wash our hands frequently and avoid touching our faces throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 can have an effect on your eyes, which is one of the reasons behind this. It’s possible that the infection caused conjunctivitis (pinkeye), watery eyes, or blurred vision.
COVID-19 can also have an effect on your heart. It can cause it to pound, flutter, or beat quickly. It’s possible that you felt a tightening in your chest. Even after the infection has left your body, all of these behaviors can occur. This type of episode can last up to 2 weeks in moderate cases and up to 6 weeks in more extreme situations.
Heart Health, Blood Circulation
Doctors have found a number of heart problems in COVID-19 patients, particularly those who are critically unwell. These are some of them:
– Arrhythmia. A rapid or skipping heart
– Cardiomyopathy. Thickened, rigid cardiac tissue makes your heart weaker.
– Acute myocardial infarction.
Troponin is a protein that your body produces in large amounts. When your heart is damaged, this is what happens.
Shock. When your heart can’t pump enough blood to keep up with your body’s needs.
COVID-19 appears to be capable of attacking blood vessel cells. It can produce blood clots, which can lead to a stroke or pulmonary embolism, in addition to heart problems. People with COVID-19 who are extremely unwell have substantially higher levels of a chemical called “D-dimer” in their blood. This means there will be more blood clots.
COVID-19 appears to have a negative impact on your nervous system, including seizures. They may be caused by brain enlargement or inflammation of the central nervous system. Loss of consciousness, loss of sense of smell, and stroke are some of the other symptoms that could be linked to your brain.
‘Brain Fog’, Memory, Concentration
A typical symptom of COVID-19 is extreme exhaustion. If you experienced acute exhaustion that didn’t go away despite getting lots of rest, it could have been a sign of the infection. The sensation can resurface days, if not weeks, later.
If you’ve experienced poor energy for a long time, long after symptoms that could have been COVID-19, talk to your doctor about antibody testing. Some persons with COVID-19 were still fatigued weeks later, according to one study.
Fever, headache, sore throat, and dry cough are usually the first symptoms to occur. However, at this early period, how you feel can vary greatly. You might also want to consider:
– Shortness of breath
– Chills, fever, body aches
– Loss of smell or taste
– Unusual weariness
– Stuffy or runny nose
– Nausea or diarrhea
If your immune system is unable to control COVID-19 within the first week, the virus may spread to your lungs, causing a lower respiratory infection. It attacks the cells that line them there. Fluid and mucus build up, making it more difficult for oxygen to reach your bloodstream. Breathing becomes difficult. This is a case of pneumonia. The majority of people recover in a week or two, but it can take longer in other cases.
You may have been infected with the virus if foods and drinks tasted strange (or didn’t taste at all), or if you couldn’t detect scents for a few of weeks. This problem affects over 80% of those who test positive, and it’s usually a symptom of a mild case.
COVID-19 pneumonia worsens swiftly in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and your body’s response can further damage your lungs. The tiny, delicate air sacs that carry oxygen to your blood (called alveoli) begin to fill with muck. X-rays and CT scans can reveal big areas of your lung that aren’t getting any air. Your blood oxygen levels drop dangerously low, and you’ll almost certainly require a ventilator to help you breathe.
Many experts believe that an overactive immune response is to blame for many of COVID-19’s more serious side effects. When cytokines, chemical signals, reach dangerously high levels, immune cells begin to target healthy tissues. This is referred to as a cytokine storm by doctors. Low blood pressure, organ failure, and blood vessel injury are all possible outcomes.
In the hospital for COVID-19, up to half of the patients had enzyme levels in their blood that indicate liver damage. It’s possible that the infection isn’t to blame. This can also be caused by medication or an overworked immune system.
Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye, affects around a third of those admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. It occurs when the tissue that covers your eye and the inside of your eyelids is irritated by a virus, bacteria, or allergen.
Kidney damage is typical in COVID patients who are extremely unwell. Medication, a malfunctioning immune system, low blood pressure, and pre-existing illnesses can all contribute to this.
Antibodies are proteins produced by your body to aid in the fight against infection. The only way to tell for sure if you have COVID-19 is to have your blood tested to discover if you have the virus-fighting antibodies. Scientists aren’t sure how well they’ll protect you from acquiring it again if you do have them. However, some research suggests that those who have such antibodies are less likely to contract COVID in the future.
This alteration in the virus (known as a mutation) does not appear to influence the symptoms it produces, nor does it appear to have a significant impact on the infection’s severity. The only difference appears to be that the mutation is simpler to pass from person to person. COVID-19’s latest version has the same symptoms as the original. As a result, determining which strain you had is difficult.
According to some research, up to 40% of patients with COVID-19 experience no symptoms. This means they don’t feel ill or show any signs of illness. However, the infection can still cause harm to your health. Lung damage, including “ground-glass opacities,” a common lung lesion in persons with COVID-19, can be shown on X-rays and CT scans of some people who have no symptoms.
There’s still a lot to learn about COVID-19, the new coronavirus that causes respiratory sickness. One thing doctors agree on is that symptoms might mimic those of other illnesses, such as the flu. Some persons were not tested as a result of this, as well as the fact that testing was not widely available at the start of the pandemic.
If you’ve ever had COVID-19 symptoms or have long-term symptoms that won’t go away, talk to your doctor about getting an antibody test. Fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, headache, and joint discomfort are some of the symptoms.
This blood test looks for antibodies, or proteins, produced by your immune system after an infection. It can’t tell you if you have COVID-19 right now; it can only tell you if you’ve had it before. Even if your antibody test is positive, you should still take precautions to avoid contracting the virus. That’s because scientists aren’t sure if you can catch it like a cold or the flu again.