- A dry cough
- A fever
- Shortness of breath
When the pandemic began, those were the three most common coronavirus symptoms, as noted by the Centers for Disecare Control. Other symptoms could include a runny nose, sore throat, and body aches.
On April 26, the CDC added additional coronavirus symptoms that people who are infected might be experiencing. Those include:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Loss of taste or smell
In early July, the CDC added three more symptoms.
- Runny nose
On a worrisome note, it’s also been reported that some of these coronavirus symptoms can last for several months, even after the coronavirus supposedly has left the body.
Dr. Nate Favini, who has treated COVID-19 patients in San Francisco, told Business Insider, “We’re definitely seeing people whose symptoms last longer than two weeks. It’s hard to say what percent of people have symptoms that last beyond two weeks, but we’re definitely observing that as a not-uncommon phenomenon. The virus causes all kinds of inflammation and dysregulation in your body and it can take even longer, after you’ve cleared the virus, for all of those things to go back to normal.”
What is shortness of breath?
Since shortness of breath could be open to interpretation, Harvard explains it like this: “There are many examples of temporary shortness of breath that are not worrisome. For example, if you feel very anxious, it’s common to get short of breath and then it goes away when you calm down. However, if you find that you are ever breathing harder or having trouble getting air each time you exert yourself, you always need to call your doctor. That was true before we had the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and it will still be true after it is over.”