Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms. The most common are fever, dry cough, and tiredness; other less expected ones include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, runny nose, headache, and chest pain. In addition to these general physical manifestations, some more atypical side effects can offer. Often, the lesser-known symptoms of COVID-19 are overlooked. This blog will discuss some of the less common signs and symptoms that individuals may experience with this disease.
Gastrointestinal symptoms can make people feel pretty lousy. Whether it’s nausea, vomiting or diarrhea- COVID-19 might be the cause! Gastrointestinal issues are sometimes found before a fever and respiratory problems arise as well.
Loss of smell or taste
COVID-19 can lead to a loss of smell and taste. This happens in about half the people who are infected with COVID-19, without nasal congestion first being present. In some cases, these changes will go away on their own within 30 days, but they may also persist for 60+ days or more if left untreated.
The COVID virus could change skin color, texture and appearance. Changes could include a red flat rash with small bumps underneath it that has been seen worldwide in people as young as one year old which can lead to discolored areas on your fingers and toes (COVID Toes), or hives all over the body.
Although rare, new mental disruption or confusion, known as delirium, can be a symptom of COVID-19.
Bluish or pale lips
In severe cases, COVID-19 can cause bluish lips and pale skin due to low oxygen.
Diarrhea isn’t a very common symptom of COVID-19 but the likelihood of increases it with age. 10% of children, 21% of adults aged 16-35, and around 30% of adults aged over 35 experience diarrhea during their illness. Only 2% of people who were ill with COVID-19 reported diarrhea as their only symptom.
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