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9 Latest Signs You've Caught COVID-19

The latest science will help you spot the warning signs before it's too late.
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There are many well-known symptoms of COVID-19. Lack of taste, fever, shortness of breath, and dry coughing fits. However, there are some symptoms of COVID that you might not be aware of. Here are the nine latest signs that you might have already had, or have caught, COVID-19. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

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Skin Rashes

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The COVID virus causes active inflammation in the body. This causes your skin to itch, and develop a rash. This is a common symptom in children and young people. King's College in London collaborated with health data company, Zoe, to create an app for those with COVID symptoms. The results reported 8.8% of positive COVID patients experienced skin rashes, along with classic symptoms.

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Lesions on Feet

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A common symptom of COVID is "COVID toes", which is when your toes start to inflame, or develop red or purple leisons. "All of a sudden, we are inundated with toes, " Dr. Lindy Fox, a dermatologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told The New York Times. "I've got clinics filled with people coming in with new toe lesions. And it's not people who had chilblains before — they've never had anything like this." These usually show up in cold weather, however, they have been reported in several COVID patients. Several dermatologists have been pushing for foot pain to be an official symptom of COVID. Some experts have said that lesions actually mean your body is healthily responding to the virus. 

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Dizziness

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According to research published in Annals of Neurology, COVID causes people to become dizzy. The authors state that, "Initially thought to be restricted to the respiratory system, we now understand that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) also involves multiple other organs, including the central and peripheral nervous system. The number of recognized neurologic manifestations of SARS‐CoV‐2 infection is rapidly accumulating." If feeling dizzy is unusual for you, it could be a COVID symptom. However, if it is your only symptom, it might not be COVID.

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Fatigue

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Fatigue has been linked to COVID for a while. Many patients have stated that they would feel run down and tired, a few days after contracting the virus. This can last many months after contracting the virus.

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Pink Eye

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COVID has been reported to cause mild conjunctivitis in your eyes, leaving them feeling scratchy and runny. Some experts have linked this symptom to a sign of transmission, people touching their eyes, and then other things.

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Headaches

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Headaches are one of the earliest signs of COVID, and are a common symptom of unhospitalized patients. Dr. Valeriya Klats, a neurologist and headache specialist at Hartford HealthCare, said COVID headaches can linger after the virus is over. "This can either be episodic or an all-day, everyday headache. The way we describe this is the new 'daily persistent headache.' It's very bothersome to patients," she says.

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Chest and Joint Pain

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Chest and muscle pain could be linked to inflammation in the body. Chest pain can also be linked to lung damage, which has been linked in COVID patients. COVID has also been known to be a respiratory condition, which can cause pain. 

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Difficulty Concentrating

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As mentioned earlier, COVID can attack your neurological system. This leads to COVID patients finding it difficult to concentrate. A study published in The Lancet, found that 55% of COVID patients still had difficult neurological symptoms months later. WebMD also writes that neurological symptoms can be the earliest signs of COVID. 

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Loss of Appetite

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Loss of taste and smell have been common symptoms of COVID. However, a lack of appetite can also be linked to COVID. "When your body is infected by a virus like COVID-19, your appetite can become reduced," explains Dr. Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead at Treated.com. Dr. Atkinson recommends drinking fluids and trying to eat small snacks to combat this. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more