Signs You Have COVID Like Mick Jagger
Summer is here. Unfortunately, so is COVID-19. The latest celebrity to contract the virus is the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, 78, who tested positive this week and is reportedly experiencing symptoms. As you go about your summer plans, it's important to stay vigilant for symptoms to avoid spreading the disease if possible. But what are those symptoms these days? Have they changed? Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
The Latest on the Coronavirus
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 and its subvariants have been the dominant form of the virus in the U.S. for months. In recent weeks, subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have begun to spread more rapidly, accounting for about 13% of new cases in June. As of now, Omicron seems to be less severe than other variants of the coronavirus, less likely to cause severe illness, hospitalization, or death. (Although experts point out that those rates could be lower because so many people are now vaccinated against the virus.)
And experts have found it's possible to be reinfected with COVID-19—as soon as 20 days after your last bout, research suggests.
But what about symptoms?
The Most Recent COVID Symptoms
The symptoms of BA.4 and BA.5 aren't that different from previous COVID subvariants. They're mostly mild and are similar to a cold or allergies: cough, fatigue, congestion or runny nose. Some doctors have reported seeing more people complaining of headache-like symptoms than with previous subariants.
The Most Common COVID Symptoms
"People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness," says the CDC. The agency notes that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, 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, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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