01/7. Signs you need to get tested for COVID-19
WHO (World Health Organization) might have managed to curb the pandemic in many ways, but there are still fresher cases being reported across the world. The emergence of the newer COVID strains and mutations, termed to be super infectious might be a reason to blame.
Experts still believe that the lack of proper knowledge and the awareness of the newly discovered symptoms is one reason to not let our guards off. Remember, even with a vaccine our way, the virus will continue to linger on for many, many years. Therefore, knowing about the early signs of trouble, getting tested on time will hasten recovery, and cut down the complications and the risk of long COVID.
That being said, here are some signs and symptoms which demand you take a COVID test right away.
02/7. Here’s why you need to be aware of new COVID symptoms
Right now, the three classic signs of COVID are considered to be a fever, cough/sore throat/ loss of smell and taste.
However, these aren’t the ONLY symptoms or warning signs. Since it’s a relatively new virus, the list of symptoms is ever-growing. Researchers also believe that new mutations and strains may have the ability to impact our body in different, unusual ways.
Being unaware of these signs could lead to a delayed, or no diagnosis at all, which could not only fuel case spread, but also put a person at risk of severe problems, and mortality.
In fact, according to a new study conducted by King’s College, London and a symptom study app, getting tested for additional symptoms could pick up as many as 40% more cases.
03/7What have researchers found?
For the evaluation, researchers surveyed and sampled 1,20,000+ adults using the symptom checker app from parts of the UK, which is reeling under a strange case surge because of the new COVID variants. It should be noted that the researchers were the first ones to identify and spot loss of smell and taste (link to story) as a possible COVID-19 sign, which went on to become a common sign seen in over 60% of cases.
Apart from the classic 3 signs, these are the signs (seen individually or together) that demand testing for the viral infection.
Remember, these signs may act as signs of early-stage COVID, or be related to other causes. Nonetheless, timely testing could nip out worries.
Often considered to be a sign of severe COVID-19, several studies and researchers have observed that diarrhoea and gastrointestinal infection could be worrying signs that the SARS-COV-2 could have spread to the gut, and may have impacted the digestive system.
Diarrhoea is a common sign of COVID-19, which not a lot of people still know about. Gastrointestinal infection could also present in the form of abdominal cramps, appetite loss, problems indigestion, nausea, vomiting and pain.
In many cases, it could also multiply into problems like metabolic imbalance, weight loss and become a sign of worry. Therefore, if you have no reason to suspect a food-related infection, and experience other known symptoms, get tested right away.
05/7. Unusual fatigue and dizziness
Fatigue and exhaustion are not only some of the longest lingering symptoms of COVID-19, it could also act as the only signs of coronavirus some people may show.
Experts are now recording a surge of people visiting hospitals complaining of chronic, high and unusual fatigue like no other. Hence, this sign demands assessment.
Fatigue is usually a cause of viral replication in the body, or a side-effect of viral illness the body may be fighting.
In the same way, experiencing dizziness out of the blue could also be a sign of worry during the pandemic. Unlike other typical symptoms, experiencing dizziness or fainting spells could be pointing to signs of neurological manifestations associated with COVID-19, meaning it could be dangerous if not attended.
06/7. Sore throat
Fever and cough aren’t the only signs of a possible infection. It can happen that the virus may attack the respiratory passageways and you only present a sign like a sore throat. Sore throat, which is usually a sign of allergy or seasonal infections may also strike COVID-19 patients.
Therefore, if you experience prolonged sore throat, harshness in your voice, shortness of breath or difficulty while swallowing food, it may be a sign that you should get tested for COVID right now.
If seasonal infections aren’t troubling you, getting a COVID-19 test may hold a clue to the reason behind your sore throat. Remember, it could have other underlying reasons too, but getting a test will cross out fears.
07/7. Muscle pain
Myalgia is resultant of the devastation caused by the virus to the muscle fibres and important tissue linings. Muscle pain and inflammation could also happen as a result of cytokines, which are a troubling sign of auto-immune reaction.
It is now an extremely common sign of COVID-19 being reported forward, and hence, if someone experiences the sign, they should get tested urgently.
Remember, muscle pain can be a sign of severe COVID infection and can strike you without the classic signs. Since it is also being seen with the newer mutations in circulations, lax approach is best avoided.