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Sure Signs of COVID You’ve Never Heard Before

These lesser-known symptoms could be coronavirus.
FACT CHECKED BY Checkmark Alek Korab
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More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, just about everyone knows the symptoms to be on guard for, including cough and fever. But another thing is thing is clear: When it comes to signs of infection, there's a lot about this virus that's obscure and even downright strange. “Of all the emerging infections that I’ve had to deal with in the 36 years that I’ve been the director of the institute — starting off from HIV in the early ’80s with Ebola and Zika, and anthrax attacks — this is clearly the most challenging,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the President's chief medical advisor, has said. Here are five strange signs of COVID you may not have heard about before. 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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You Might Get Pinkeye

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In some people, coronavirus is accompanied by eye issues, including conjunctivitis (pinkeye), swollen eyelids, excessive watering and increased discharge. A study in JAMA Ophthalmology found that nearly one-third of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reported eye problems.

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You Might Experience a Loss of Appetite

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According to the Mayo Clinic, COVID-19 can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, including a loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea. These symptoms might only last one day, the experts note, and in some people might appear before fever or any respiratory symptoms.

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You May Feel Confusion

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"COVID-19 also has been reported to cause confusion in older people, especially those with severe infections," says the Mayo Clinic. This may be caused by the virus's tendency to cause inflammation throughout the body, including in the brain.

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You May Notice Rashes

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About 20% of people with COVID-19 report skin changes, such as a red, bumpy rash; hives; or breakouts that look like chickenpox. Some people have reported rashes on their toes ("COVID toes"), which can last for months.

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You May Experience Hair Loss

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Some people with COVID experience shedding of hair all over the head. Experts say this type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium, which can be caused by stress, fever, or illness. Luckily, it seems to be temporary.

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How to Survive This Pandemic

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If you experience any of the Symptoms symptoms mentioned here, call a medical professional. And do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.