We’ve learned a lot about the coronavirus in a short time. We don’t have a cure or any homerun treatments yet, of course. But we’ve made a lot of progress.
And that means more folks will have a better chance of surviving.
But just when you think you’ve heard it all. When you’re convinced COVID-19 is all out of surprises. That we’ve finally gotten a handle on how this disease unfolds and progresses. Well, it throws yet ANOTHER nasty curveball.
And this could be one of the scariest yet as a new report reveals a surprising toll coronavirus infections are taking on America’s seniors.
In many ways, it can hit where you least expect it. But you can arm yourself today with the knowledge of these unexpected complications giving you the power to…
- TAKE action
- GET help
- PROTECT yourself
And it starts by looking out for a few things that NO ONE told you to watch for.
Coronavirus can target your nerves
Early on, most docs thought the biggest COVID-19 complication was pneumonia. And it’s certainly a major one.
The infection can cause severe inflammation in the airways and the lungs to rapidly fill with fluid. It’s led some experts to compare it to a “slow drowning.”
So, of course, that’s what they look for when coronavirus is suspected or diagnosed. Doctors are always checking the lungs. They do scans on patients in the hospital. And if you’re sick at home, they tell you to call if you have breathing difficulties and other lung-related symptoms.
It’s excellent advice. Keep following it. But that’s NOT the only thing to watch for. The new report reveals that up to 40 percent of coronavirus patients battle BRAIN symptoms too.
The report out of China, where the pandemic began, uncovers serious neurological complications. Of the folks with a severe form of the infection…
- 20 percent suffered major muscle pain
- 15 percent had dementia-like symptoms
- 6 percent experienced a stroke or stenosis
Some also suffered from confusion, delirium, and “odd” symptoms such as the now-infamous loss of smell and/or taste.
Don’t overlook these symptoms
Unfortunately, the folks who are most vulnerable also have the most to watch out for. If you’re older… if you have underlying health problems such as diabetes or heart disease… you could have a higher risk of these coronavirus complications.
If you’re recovering in a hospital, then hopefully the staff will keep a closer eye on you. But it’s a bigger challenge if – like most COVID-19 patients – you’re told to recover at home.
The new report finds these other factors should be considered as much of a “red flag” as the infamous shortness of breath that indicates lung problems and potential pneumonia.
So watch out for these symptoms too, including unexplained muscle pain and “foggy” thinking or cognitive struggles. And of course, be on the alert for stroke or stroke-like symptoms.
Share this warning with your loved ones, so they know what to watch for, too.
And if you feel off… if you feel “not right in the head” or any other significant and unexpected symptoms… get on the phone to the hospital or to your doctor right away. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.