Sneezing could be a sign of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated individuals

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The COVID-19 vaccines currently on the market are all effective at preventing severe illness and death due to the virus, and they range from 95% effective to 72% effective at protecting inoculated people against catching COVID. Inevitably, some people who’ve been fully vaccinated have still come down with a case of COVID, but the symptoms in vaccinated people sometimes differ from the symptoms experienced by the unvaccinated. Researchers have pointed to a specific symptom that seems to appear in vaccinated patients who get COVID: sneezing.

Sneezing is an extremely common symptom, one which can be spurred by allergies, a common cold, or even dust. “Excessive sneezing” has been linked to COVID in fully vaccinated individuals, however, according to research conducted by the ZOE company.

The study tracked symptoms in people with and without a vaccine, and it found that sneezing was a common complaint among vaccinated participants. 

“Our data shows that people who had been vaccinated and then tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to report sneezing as a symptom compared with those without a jab,” researchers wrote. “This suggests that a lot of unexplained sneezing after being vaccinated could be a sign of COVID-19.”

They added that “it’s important to remember that the link between sneezing and COVID-19 isn’t very strong so you should stay alert to the 20 symptoms of the disease, whether or not you’ve been vaccinated.”

Other symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, body aches, persistent cough, loss of taste or smell, headache, fatigue, and shortness of breath. People should keep an eye out for all of these symptoms, not just sneezing. 

In fact, researchers stressed that sneezing is more likely to be a result of allergies or a non-threatening cold. If you don’t often suffer from allergies or excessive sneezing, however, and suddenly begin to experience the symptom, researchers advise a COVID test. 

“If you’ve been vaccinated and start sneezing a lot without an explanation, you should definitely get a COVID test, especially if you are living or working around people who are at greater risk from the disease,” they wrote. 

Sources: Yale Medicine, The Hill, Entrepreneur, Deseret News

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