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Dr. Fauci Says These are Signs You Have COVID

From mild to severe, here are all the signs of a COVID infection.

Nearly nine months have passed since the first COVID-19 cases were identified in Wuhan, China, and every day we get closer to understanding about everything from its transmissibility to exactly how to identify it. During a Harvard Medical School Grand Rounds session on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading coronavirus expert, discussed the extensive range of symptoms that those infected with COVID are suffering. "The clinical presentation is very similar to a flu like syndrome," he said, explaining that the median number of days for symptoms to arise "is about five days," with a range from two to 14 days. "The thing that's most perplexing to me as a physician is the extraordinary range and spectrum of disease severity," he admits. Here are all the symptoms —  both mild and severe — presented by Dr. Fauci. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Mild: Fever 

Sick woman with fever checking her temperature with a thermometer at home

According to Dr. Fauci, "80 plus percent of individuals have mild to moderate disease."  The most common symptom experienced by 83-99 percent of COVID sufferers is a rise in temperature. 


Mild: Cough 

man coughing

A dry cough is also experienced by the majority of people infected with coronavirus, estimated to be anywhere from 59-82 percent. 


Mild: Fatigue


Fatigue is another common symptom of COVID, with an estimated 44-70 percent experiencing severe exhaustion as a result of an infection. 


Mild: Anorexia

Displeased young woman doesn't want to eat her breakfast

A loss of appetite is also associated with the virus. According to the WHO statistics presented by Dr. Fauci, 40-84 percent of sufferers lose their appetite and have trouble eating. 


Mild: Shortness of Breath

Curly woman feeling bad and suffering from strong cough while having flu

Shortness of breath and having trouble breathing is often reported by 31-40 percent of coronavirus sufferers.


Mild: Myalgias

Mature man with gray hair having back pain while sitting on a couch at home

Myalgias, aka muscle aches, are a less common symptom. According to Fauci's chart an estimated 11-35 percent of coronavirus sufferers report body aches. 

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Mild: Sore Throat

woman experiencing strong throat ache

A sore throat — possibly a result of a dry cough — has also been reported by those infected with coronavirus. 


Mild: Nasal Congestion


Some coronavirus sufferers have reported having a stuffy, congested nose. 


Mild: Headache

Sick woman sitting on couch wrapped in blanket

In addition to body aches, some people report headaches as part of their COVID infection. 


Mild: Gastrointestinal Problems 

A man holding his stomach.

Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting have all been associated with mild coronavirus infections. 


Mild: Loss of Smell and Taste

Woman Trying to Sense Smell of a Candle

According to Dr. Fauci, a loss of smell and taste "generally precedes the onset of respiratory symptoms." 


Severe: Acute Respiratory Syndrome (ARDS)

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Dr. Fauci states that "about 15 to 20% have severe or critical disease." The most common symptom of those with a severe infection, especially those on a "ventilator requiring intubation and ventilation," is acute respiratory syndrome, also referred to as ARDS. 


Severe: Hyperinflammation

Thigh pain or muscle twitching or muscle cramp.

Dr. Fauci also mentions that "there are a number of hyperinflammatory states," as a result of severe infection as well. 

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Severe: Cardiac Symptoms 

man having heart attack

Acute cardiac injury, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy are all heart-related complications that have been reported in individuals suffering from severe COVID infection. 


Severe: Acute Kidney Injury

Woman suffering from pain kidney disease while sitting on bed at home.

Dr. Fauci also mentions that COVID can cause long-term kidney damage, possibly impacting 15 percent of hospitalized patients, per The American Kidney Foundation


Severe: Neurological Disorders

man hold his had and suffering from headache, pain, migraine

Dr. Fauci brought up that some people with severe infections are suffering from neurological disorders, recently detailed in a study published in The Lancet Neurology


Severe: Hypercoagulability

Girl sleeping with sickness on the bed

Hypercoagulability, "leading to thromboembolic implications, including pulmonary embolism and acute stroke, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children," are also possible with severe coronavirus infections.

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Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more about Leah