Recognizing Less Common Symptoms of Coronavirus

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As we learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects on individuals, there is still so much to be discovered. Once thought to mainly cause fever and respiratory issues, the virus is now being linked to a wide range of symptoms. Some people testing positive for COVID-19 across the globe have no symptoms at all.

Not everyone with coronavirus experiences it in the same way or with the same degree of severity. Here’s what studies have learned about potential signs and symptoms of the disease.

Primary Symptoms of Coronavirus

These symptoms can range from mild to severe and may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

Other Reported Symptoms of Coronavirus

Other symptoms may be less common but can include:

  • Body aches
  • Congestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

It’s important to remember that some of these symptoms are associated with conditions and diseases that are not COVID-19. More understanding of this strain of coronavirus may reveal additional signs or symptoms.

During the recovery process, people with COVID-19 might have recurring symptoms that alternate with periods of feeling better. Varying degrees of symptoms can persist for days or even weeks.

Several potential coronavirus symptoms overlap with common cold and flu symptoms. Click here to learn more about telling the difference.

Coronavirus With No Symptoms (Asymptomatic)

It is possible to have coronavirus with no symptoms — also referred to as asymptomatic coronavirus — or only experience mild symptoms and no fever, especially in the first days of infection. This is why it’s so important to maintain social distancing even if you are feeling well. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, and studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

Get Virtual Care Through Video Visits

If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, tell your doctor. You do not need to have certain coronavirus symptoms to seek care. Since it’s still best to stay home, start by calling your doctor or scheduling a convenient video visit through the AdventHealth app.

Virtual visits are a smart way to be proactive about your health and potentially prevent a condition from worsening. Even if your symptoms are mild, your doctor may want you to be monitored in the hospital if you have an underlying medical condition, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Your Trusted Coronavirus Resource

As information and recommendations around coronavirus continue to evolve, we understand it can be overwhelming to know where to turn. Stay up-to-date and find answers to the latest frequently asked questions by visiting the Coronavirus Resource Hub. You can even sign up for helpful email and text alerts. Know that we’re here to support you in body, mind and spirit as you face the challenges of this pandemic.

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