William Schaffner, M.D, who is an infectious disease specialist and professor at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, said, “it’s become evident that this is a virus that was widespread throughout our country, particularly in more populated areas, sooner than we thought,” Think you might have had it? It is certainly possible.
Since the majority of COVID-19 cases are uncomplicated ones, without knowledge of its symptoms and expression within the body, it would just look like a particularly bad flu. Moreover, 40% of COVID-19 infections are asymptomatic.
The bad news is that the long-term effects of getting sick with COVID are, as yet, not fully understood. It has been thought the serious cases can cause some long-term lung damage and potentially neurological damage.
Here are some signs that you might have had it, and lived to tell the tale.
1. You got a really bad cold at either the end of 2019 or the start of 2020
Several people have reported having had a persistent cough or cold at the end of 2019 or the start of 2020. While this could be just your average winter cold, a research project performed by the University of Texas has uncovered some interesting data.
Throat swabs from the winter of 2019 were analyzed retroactively. These throat swabs were from patients with assumed flu, based in Seattle and Wuhan. The research data showed that 1 in 3 patients had COVID-19.
Mild COVID-19 isn’t the same as any normal cold. Colds don’t usually knock you back to the same degree that COVID would. Moreover, they don’t cause severe headaches, shortness of breath, or stomach issues.
2. Lack of taste
The biggest telltale sign of COVID-19 is a loss of taste and smell. This is because of how it attacks your neural pathways. It is not a symptom of every case of COVID, but if there was a period you can remember where your senses of taste and smell decreased, it is highly likely to have been the virus.
3. Losing hair
COVID-19 has been found to cause telogen effluvium, which is a disorder causing hair loss. You would only really get this symptom if you had the other, more chesty ones too, and it is also possible to lose hair as a result of stress.
If you are losing hair, it could be down to a secret COVID infection, but it could also be a sign of another issue.
4. Long-Lasting Breathlessness
COVID long-haulers have reported a persisting shortness of breath. Even after your body is free of the virus, it leaves inflammatory damage in your lungs, reducing their long-term capacity.
If you are still finding yourself panting and dizzy when going up the stairs, seek advice from a doctor.
5. A Lingering Malignant Cough
If you’ve had an unexplained dry cough for ages, that keeps on persisting, it is possibly an after-effect of COVID. It is caused by irritation in the lungs, so it would not be a productive, or phlegmy cough.
6. Persisting fatigue
60% of people who recovered from COVID-19 have reported feelings of tiredness lasting up to 60 days after their recovery. Even in mild cases, there has been a lasting fatigue.
However, if you are feeling tired all the time, it doesn’t mean you did have COVID-19. It could be a sign of many underlying problems, such as Vitamin deficiencies, stress and other illnesses. If you have this symptom in conjunction with the other symptoms, it is more likely to have been COVID.
7. You Don’t Feel Yourself
Part of what makes this virus so frightening is the fact that we don’t know much about it. There is no hard and fast list of symptoms to guess whether you have it or not: the only accurate way of being diagnosed is through a test.
If you have had strange symptoms that won’t leave you alone, you should speak to a doctor, whether or not you think it is related to COVID.