Back in April 2020, a New York Times article mentioned that there is strong evidence that “loss of smell (or anosmia) is a common symptom of COVID-19. During this time period, Google searches for “I can’t smell” were the highest in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana and Michigan — four of the states with the highest prevalence of COVID-19.
The list of symptoms for COVID-19 has grown immensely since the beginning of the pandemic. More and more individuals have come forward to share their own personal experiences, providing more insight into how this virus manifests and the different symptoms one might expect.
However, the vast range of people’s experiences with COVID-19 was one source of confusion about whether or not the symptom an individual was experiencing was COVID-related or simply a fluke. Of course, the safest and only way to determine whether you have COVID-19 or not is to get a test. That said, it’s still a good idea to have a sense of common symptoms to watch out for.
Common COVID-19 Symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
If someone is showing any of these warning signs, seek emergency medical care immediately by visiting your nearest emergency room.
With COVID-19 being at the forefront of most of 2020 and most of 2021, there has been a lot of misinformation spread. Here are the most reliable resources that you can count on to keep you updated on the newest information.
- Johns Hopkins University Real-Time COVID-19 Dashboard
- FDA COVID-19 Educational Resources page
- WHO’s COVID-19 Dashboard
- CDC COVID-19 Resources page
- Seeking financial help? Visit benefits.gov’s Coronavirus Resources page
- Hospitality Health ER in Texas’ COVID-19 Response and BAM Treatment pages
For more COVID-19 updates, safety tips, and to learn more about Hospitality Health ER’s services and offerings, visit our COVID-19 response page. For updates and notifications, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.