We all know to be on the lookout for coronavirus symptoms these days.
Whether it’s coughing, fever, or a loss of taste and smell, at the first sign, we know the drill. Get on the horn with our doctor and schedule an appointment to get tested.
But scientists say it’s not just these “classic” COVID-19 symptoms we need to be aware of anymore. Because they’ve now identified a list of new and unexpected signs that you could be infected with the coronavirus.
And there’s the thing. These aren’t your usual respiratory infection symptoms. In fact, they’re not related to your respiratory tract at all.
Which is why if they strike without the other COVID-19 symptoms, you may not even realize you’re at risk or that it’s time to contact a doctor.
Here’s the latest on…
- what to look for
- when to call your doc
- signs it’s time to get tested for the coronavirus
Because now more than ever we need to take steps to stay safe and help stop the spread.
Unexpected new symptoms in coronavirus cases
With an infection as nasty as the coronavirus, it might seem like you’d know right away if you were sick. But in reality, that’s not how this works.
Sure, many people do have the telltale dry and hacking cough, along with a fever that can hit frighteningly high levels. But research has revealed there are OTHER common symptoms, including some you’d never guess could be a sign of a COVID-19 infection.
Sometimes they strike alongside the cough and fever. But other times, these unusual symptoms show up on their own.
For example, in the new study, 55.5 percent of patients who turned up in New York emergency rooms with blood sugar that was spiraling out of control for no apparent reason had the coronavirus.
Ditto for half all patients who came in NOT because of “classic” coronavirus symptoms but due to raging gastrointestinal problems.
They also found coronavirus in 57 percent of patients who came into the ER with:
- altered mental status
The researchers say, seniors, in particular, are much more likely to have coronavirus infection with these and other seemingly unusual and unexpected symptoms.
Even more chillingly, seniors with warning signs such as dehydration, altered mental status, falls, and high blood sugar have a higher risk of death from the infection.
Stay safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19
Bear in mind that the list of symptoms above still isn’t complete. There’s also sore throat, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, and general flu-like symptoms.
Plus, as we all now know, you can also have the virus without having any symptoms at all. Which is one of the reasons it spread so easily.
That’s how those infamous “clusters” can form. One person shows up to a gathering carrying the virus but either…
- has no symptoms
- hasn’t developed symptoms yet
- has unusual symptoms they don’t recognize
But they end up infecting everyone else. For example, one case from a wedding in Maine was traced to at least 177 infections and 7 deaths. So be extra careful out there, especially during the holiday season.
I know you’re likely getting weary of taking precautions at this point. And trust me, I get it. We ALL are. But the current wave of the virus is spreading fast. And now is NOT the time to back off.
Avoid crowds and gatherings, wear a mask when you absolutely must go out, and stay at least six feet away from others when you do. And don’t forget to scrub those mitts the moment you walk in the door.
Plus, don’t ignore any unexpected or unusual symptoms that pop up. Instead, get on the phone with your doc to see if you should be tested for the coronavirus.
Did you know a fading sense of smell can be a signal of something ELSE seniors need to be on the lookout for? Click here to find out why ignoring this symptom could be a deadly mistake.