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Sure Signs You Have COVID, Like Snooki From Jersey Shore

“My symptoms started out as just a bad sinus cold,” said Polizzi, who added she had a “stuffy nose.”
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Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi

No one is safe from the coronavirus—not even Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of MTV's Jersey Shore fame, who has revealed she has COVID-19. "Happy Valentine's Day! This one's a bit different . . . I have COVID," wrote Polizzi on Instagram yesterday. She was pictured in her PJs holding roses and wearing a face mask. "I've been isolated in my room since I found out," wrote the mother of three, married to Jionni LaValle. "My family and I have been super cautious and careful, so this is super scary." Read on to see which symptoms she had—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


You Might Have a Stuffy or Runny Nose

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"My symptoms started out as just a bad sinus cold," said Polizzi, who added she had a "stuffy nose." "COVID-19 is a disease that can cause what doctors call a respiratory tract infection," reports Cooper University Healthcare. "It can affect your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs)."


You Might Have a Headache

woman with face mask holding her head in pain and looking away at home

Polizzi reported having a headache. "Headache is one of the most frequent neurological symptoms reported in case series, epidemiological studies, and meta‐analyses of COVID‐19, with a prevalence ranging from 8 to 71.1%," says a study in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. "Headache is a very prevalent COVID‐19 symptom among patients presenting to the emergency room, most frequently presenting as holocranial or bifrontal moderate to severe, and pressing quality headache. Individuals with migraine tend to present with earlier, longer, and more intense headaches."


You Might Have a Cough

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Polizzi described her cough as "mild," and COVID coughs are also usually dry, as in, they produce no phlegm. "COVID-19 will typically be severe for a few days, including multiple symptoms," says Robert Kocur, MD, allergist with OSF HealthCare. Unlike allergies: "With seasonal allergies, the symptoms tend to remain consistent for several weeks or as long as you are exposed to the irritant."


You Might Feel Fatigued

Woman feeling headache and touching her head.

After experiencing the congestion, headache and mild cough, "then I felt super tired and ended up napping all day which made me go get tested," wrote Polizzi. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said fatigue is a defining characteristic of COVID and also of post-acute COVID Syndrome, in which deleterious effects can last for a year or possibly life.


You Might Lose Your Sense of Taste or Smell

girl with a spoon near a mouth

"Today i just feel groggy," wrote Polizzi. "I ended up losing my taste and smell last night. It's fricken weird. I had a greasy cheese pizza & couldn't taste a d*mn thing. WHAT A SIN." Loss of these senses is considered a hallmark symptom of COVID-19. For some people, they never come back.


What to Do if You Think You Have COVID

woman in medical mask stay isolation at home for self quarantine

If you think you have COVID, the CDC recommends you stay home except to get medical care; separate yourself from other people; wear a mask over your nose and mouth; keep your area disinfected; and to get in touch with your doctor. "The rest of my family tested negative, so i am here hiding out in my bedroom until this is over," wrote Polizzi, adding that she still felt the love on Valentine's Day. "I woke up to roses and chocolates thrown on my floor from my family….Appreciate all of your concerns, but I am ok! Please stay safe everyone!" So stay safe, 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