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If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci

You could be a coronavirus “long hauler."
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

A few months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, health experts started to notice that while the majority of those infected with the virus made a full recovery, there were also a lot of people who were still suffering from mysterious symptoms months after their initial infection. This group of people has come to be known by the term "long haulers," and researchers are still struggling to understand why they can't recover—especially since some of them experienced little to no symptoms during their initial infection. If you are currently suffering from unusual symptoms, it could mean that you have already battled coronavirus without even knowing it. During a discussion sponsored by Columbia University, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, outlined all the most common symptoms that long haulers experience. Read on to discover the long hauler symptoms outlined by Dr. Fauci, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

1

Severe Fatigue

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"We have been investigating and learning more and more about an interesting post-COVID 19 syndrome of individuals who recover from clinically recognizable disease who go on to have variable periods from weeks to months and possibly longer of lingering symptoms," Fauci explained. Fatigue is one of the most common initial indicators of the virus. While most people get their energy back after recovering from their initial infection, it is one of the most common long hauler symptoms. According to Nature, one study found that 53% of 143 people with COVID-19 discharged from a hospital in Romer reported fatigue two months after experiencing their first symptom. 

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Shortness of Breath

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The same study profiled in Nature found that 43% of the group was also still suffering from shortness of breath after two months. "We know that COVID-19 attacks the lungs, causing inflammation. This may leave survivors with persistent shortness of breath,"  Hackensack Meridian Health reported. 

3

Weakness

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Many long haulers report a weakness or numbness in their muscles, along with body aches or muscle or joint pain. 

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Dysautonomia

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According to the Mayo Clinic, dysautonomia is "a dysfunction of the nerves that regulate nonvoluntary body functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and sweating," per the Mayo Clinic. 

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Brain Fog

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Fauci mentions that some people experience brain fog, "or an inability to concentrate or focus." In a previous interview he referred to the term as "a nonmedical way of describing a lack of ability to concentrate or to focus." Aluko Hope, a critical care specialist at Montefiore Hospital in New York City, revealed to Wired that many of his patients experienced memory problems, with approximately one-third forgetting details such as a telephone number, where their keys are, or the basic rules of traffic. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to contact your medical professional, and to avoid getting COVID-19, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.