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7 New COVID Symptoms Reported by Doctors

A new study reveals neurological symptoms you may not expect.
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A new study yesterday revealed new warning signs of COVID-19. "We examined neurologic manifestations in 509 consecutive patients admitted with confirmed Covid‐19 within a hospital network in Chicago, Illinois," report authors of the new study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, and they found that "neurologic manifestations occur in most hospitalized Covid‐19 patients"—in fact, more than 80% of patients. Read on to see if you have the symptoms, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Myalgias

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44.8% of patients surveyed experienced this

"Myalgia describes muscle aches and pain, which can involve ligaments, tendons and fascia, the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones and organs. Injuries, trauma, overuse, tension, certain drugs and illnesses can all bring about myalgia," reports Johns Hopkins—and so can COVID-19.

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Headaches

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37.7% of patients surveyed experienced this

"The headache struck like the sudden boom of a thunderclap, waking the otherwise healthy woman. Six hours later, she had other symptoms of COVID-19," reports Hartford HealthCare. "The 33-year-old, who had a history of migraine but found this virus-related headache to be different and much worse, is the subject of a case study by Dr. Sandhya Mehla, a headache specialist with the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center." "From the most recently available data," said Dr. Mehla, "it is fifth most common COVID-19 symptom after fever, cough, muscle aches and trouble breathing."

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Encephalopathy

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31.8% of patients surveyed experienced this

"Encephalopathy, which is characterized by altered mental function ranging from mild confusion to coma, is the most severe neurologic manifestation of COVID-19," said study co-author Dr. Igor Koralnik, who oversees the Neuro COVID-19 Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. "We're studying this in patients who are discharged from the hospital, as well as in COVID-19 'long-haulers,' who have never been hospitalized but also suffer from a similar range of neurological problems, including brain fog," he added.

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Dizziness

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29.7% of patients surveyed experienced this

"COVID-19 causes dizziness and other symptoms related to the nervous system because the virus wears on the lungs and heart, making it difficult for oxygen to get to the brain. Study authors also suggest the virus may infect the brain directly, and the immune system's response could cause inflammation that damages the brain and nerves," reports Topeka ENT.

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Dysgeusia

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15.9% of patients surveyed experienced this

Dysgeusia is a sudden loss of your sense of taste. "Anemia and presumably the poor oxygen transport that ensues has been shown to result in dysgeusia. The unusual feature of a mild clinical picture in some patients with COVID-19 in spite of severe measured hypoxia may explain why dysgeusia is reported in some patients in the early stages of COVID-19," reports a study in the Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection.

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Anosmia

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11.4% of patients surveyed experienced this

"Our findings indicate that the novel coronavirus changes the sense of smell in patients not by directly infecting neurons but by affecting the function of supporting cells," said senior author Sandeep Robert Datta, associate professor of neurobiology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS, in one study.

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More Uncommon Symptoms

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"Strokes, movement disorders, motor and sensory deficits, ataxia, and seizures were uncommon (0.2 to 1.4% of patients each)," says the study. As for yourself, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, stay outdoors more than indoors when with people you're not sheltering with, wear your face mask, social distance, and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.