The only thing we can say for sure about the coronavirus is that no one seems to know ANYTHING for sure.
And that still includes some of the most basic information about this disease.
In fact, we’re still learning how it spreads and who is more likely to get sick. And now, the latest research reveals we still have a ways to go when it comes to the warning signs of the disease, too.
Because it’s not just that the symptoms can vary from person to person, as we already know. They can also change with AGE.
It turns out that if you happen to be a senior, you could face some very unusual warning signs if you get infected with the virus.
And that includes a few you might never link to this disease… until now.
You know the classic COVID-19 red flags by now, of course. They’re often a cough, along with a fever, and maybe a case of diarrhea.
But newer studies reveal that some coronavirus victims get sick without any of those typical symptoms. They may have OTHER signs, such as a sore throat and runny nose, for example. Or they may not ever develop any obvious symptoms at all.
Coronavirus symptoms in seniors
Now, the latest research finds yet another set of differences. But they’re not typically showing up in younger folks, who often get lucky with the disease. And who tend to suffer from much less severe and far less deadly forms of the infection.
It’s in the very people who are most at risk. Which is, of course, seniors.
And let’s face it, sick older folks don’t make for exciting enough TV. So despite the media spending endless hours covering the virus, I’ve barely seen this reported anywhere.
This new study focuses on seniors who called 911 and were ultimately brought to an emergency room. Their average age was around 75 years old. And most already had chronic health conditions.
More than a third of the seniors had at least three heart conditions, especially high blood pressure and heart disease. And many didn’t report having the classic COVID-19 warning signs.
Instead, more unusual symptoms were recorded…
- 40 percent had severe fatigue
- 28 percent suffered from “altered mental state”
- 10 percent battled severe nausea and vomiting
Just over half of these patients died. That means these symptoms could turn out to be some of the most important virus red flags there are in those facing the highest risk.
Be sure to react to those red flags
So here’s what this means for you…
Many of us don’t like to admit when something’s wrong, especially when it doesn’t “seem” so bad. And we certainly don’t want to be labeled whiners or complainers.
So if you’re feeling run down and tired… or a little foggier than usual in the brain… your instinct may be to wait it out. DON’T!
As the new study shows, these could turn out to be critical warning signs. And getting help quickly could literally be a matter of life or death.
If something feels wrong, whether you have the classic cough and fever or not, call your doctor. Let HIM decide if your symptoms are something you should worry about or not. He will tell you if you need to get tested for COVID-19.
And if things feel REALLY off, especially if you feel short of breath, skip your doctor and call 911 instead.
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