Early Symptoms of COVID-19 You Should Pay Attention To

Early Symptoms of COVID-19 You Should Pay Attention To

Do you know that most people confuse the early symptoms of COVID-19 with a common cold? Well, for most people it starts with a cough or sore throat followed by fever. Adding to this, there are many cases where people who have contracted the COVID-19 infection do not experience any symptoms at all while others might experience single or a combination of symptoms. Read on to know the warning signs that can help you take the next steps if you or your loved ones get sick. 

What are the early symptoms of COVID-19?

Sore throat, dry cough and fever have been listed as the most common early symptoms of COVID-19. Some of the other fairly common symptoms as also recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) include:

  • Headache 
  • Body ache 
  • Fatigue 
  • Nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Chills 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Loss of smell or taste

Amongst these, loss of smell or taste is considered a defining symptom of coronavirus, but it is also a common symptom of influenza or flu. Therefore, if you or anyone in your family experience one or multiple symptoms, make sure to consult a doctor and self-isolate. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 that require immediate medical attention

If you or someone living with you experience any of the symptoms given below, make sure to consult your doctor immediately. 

  • Experiencing breathing difficulties 
  • Persistent pain or discomfort in the chest 
  • Inability to stay awake or wake up 
  • Loss of speech or movement 

Some less known symptoms of COVID-19

Apart from the symptoms mentioned above, recent studies of the spreading coronavirus infection have brought some uncommon symptoms to the fore. These may or may not accompany the most common symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Confusion 
  • Bluish face or lips 
  • Skin rashes or hives 

Furthermore, as COVID-19 is an infection of the lungs, individuals may experience other cardiovascular complications and some might even experience gastrointestinal issues. 

A woman consulting a doctor online for early symptoms.

When should a doctor be consulted regarding the symptoms?

If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, be it common or rare, make sure to consult your doctor. After observing and analyzing the severity and duration of symptoms, you will be recommended the next steps including whether you should get tested for COVID-19 or not. Individuals experiencing mild symptoms are usually recommended home care with certain medications whereas if patients become severely ill, immediate hospital care is recommended. 

How long does it take to develop symptoms after I am exposed to a person with coronavirus?

Symptoms usually show up from 2-14 days after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but in some cases, people who have contracted the virus do not develop any symptoms or feel ill. Whereas, people infected with COVID-19 and not showing any symptoms can still transmit the virus to other people. Well, this is why a 14-day quarantine period is recommended for people who have been exposed to the coronavirus. 

Important Note

If you or someone living with you has mild symptoms or has been exposed to a person with COVID-19, make sure to consult your doctor. The severity and first symptoms vary from person to person but make sure you consult a medical practitioner for timely diagnosis. After thorough observation, your doctor will recommend whether you should get tested, self-isolate or should get immediate medical attention. 

By: Navreet Kaur | on 2021-05-10

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