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Sure Signs You Have COVID Now, Like Michael Strahan

The Good Morning America host is quarantined with coronavirus.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

The coronavirus doesn't care if you're a regular joe or a pro football Hall of Famer—it will infect anyone. And unfortunately, it has found Michael Strahan, the co-host of Good Morning America and former defensive end. "We know you have noticed that Michael has not been here with us this week. He wanted us to let you know that he has tested positive for COVID. He is at home quarantining," anchor Robin Roberts said to open Thursday's GMA. "He is also feeling well and looking forward to being back here shortly," co-anchor George Stephanopoulos said. Read on for the sure signs of coronavirus, so you can keep yourself safe—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


You Might Feel Nothing at All

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Strahan, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, hasn't revealed which symptoms he has, if any. He may have none. As many as 50% of COVID cases are asymptomatic—meaning, there are no symptoms, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This is why you need to wear a face mask and follow the other public health precautions. You might be carrying the virus and spread it—to your family, friends or co-workers—and they might get very ill. After Strahan's diagnosis, "GMA, on and off camera, has been cleared by Disney to be at the studio after contact tracing following CDC guidelines," according to ABC.


You Might Have a Fever

A fever—when your body temperature is above 100.4 degrees—is the most common first sign of COVID-19, although many people never develop one. "In the age of COVID-19, one of the things people should keep in mind is that if they are having any kind of fever that is persisting, they should probably go get tested," Sarah Joseph, MD, an internal medicine and pediatrics specialist, tells OSF Healthcare.


You Might Have Shortness of Breath

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"Shortness of breath means you're consciously thinking about breathing, even while you're at rest. If you can't breathe properly while sitting or lying down, call 911 immediately," says Nebraska Medicine. "Normally, breathing is something we do without thinking. Without any conscious thought, breathing keeps us alive. We naturally breathe slower when we're asleep and faster when we're exercising. So if you're panting after an uphill bike ride or walking up some stairs, that's normal. If you're breathing harder after intense physical activity (and you are able to catch your breath afterwards), a doctor wouldn't consider that 'shortness of breath' medically significant."


You Might Have a Cough

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A COVID caught is often described as "dry," meaning you are unlikely to produce phlegm. "You have a dry cough that you feel in your chest," reports Mana MD. "A productive cough, one that produces phlegm or mucus, isn't associated with COVID-19. The cough feels like it starts in your lungs rather than in your throat."


You May Have Neurological Symptoms


"People with COVID-19 are also experiencing neurological symptoms, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, or both. These may occur with or without respiratory symptoms," according to Harvard Health. "For example, COVID-19 affects brain function in some people. Specific neurological symptoms seen in people with COVID-19 include loss of smell, inability to taste, muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, dizziness, confusion, delirium, seizures, and stroke."

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You Might Have Any of These Other Symptoms

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The CDC's official list of symptoms also includes:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

But that's not comprehensive, they warn.


You May Have Emergency Warning Signs

Man With Heart Attack

"Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately," says the CDC:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you."


How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

Female Wearing Face Mask and Social Distancing

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately. And follow 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, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more