Sure Signs You Have COVID Now, Says Dr. Fauci
Over the last several months, health experts have learned more about how COVID-19 is spread. One of the conclusions they have made, is that people are most contagious in the early stages of the virus—whether they experience symptoms or not. Therefore, early detection of the virus is crucial in preventing its spread. One of the more obvious ways to determine if you are infected with COVID-19 is by identifying the symptoms associated with it. During a discussion on Thursday sponsored by Columbia University, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, outlined the most common symptoms of the virus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
While a fever can be the sign of the flu, it is one of the most common coronavirus symptoms. According to Dr. Fauci, 83-99% of people report suffering from an elevated temperature.
A cough, particularly one that is dry and without mucus, is another common COVID-19 symptom. According to Dr. Fauci, it was reported by 59-82% of those infected with the virus.
Extreme exhaustion is also a common indicator of the virus, with 44-70% reporting it. While fatigue is temporary for most people, there are long-haulers who report experiencing it for months on end.
It isn't uncommon for someone who is infected with COVID-19 to lose their appetite. According to Dr. Fauci, 40-84% of people stop eating when they are sick.
Shortness of Breath
Due to the fact that COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, shortness of breath is a common symptom. Dr. Fauci maintains that 31-40% people struggle to breathe when they are battling the virus.
Muscle aches and pains (myalgia) is another common manifestation of the virus, with 11-35% reporting the symptom per Dr. Fauci.
Other Nonspecific Symptoms
Dr. Fauci adds that there are other non-specific symptoms of the virus, including sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of smell/taste preceding onset of respiratory symptoms
The Good (and Bad) News From Dr. Fauci
Not everyone experiences the symptoms of COVID. And of those who do, the majority are subtle. "For those who have symptoms about 80% have mild to moderate, and about 15 to 20% are severe or critical," Dr. Fauci explained. However, keep in mind that almost half (40-45%) of infections occur "from an asymptomatic person to a person who is uninfected" — so even if you aren't experiencing symptoms, you may still be infected and spreading the virus to others. Therefore, follow Dr. Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.