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17 Sure Signs You’ve Had COVID Already

Still in his first week of having coronavirus, President Donald Trump’s doctors described him as being not “out of the woods.” The same could be said for thousands of COVID patients who still experience symptoms months after contracting the virus. “A study of 143 people in Rome’s biggest hospital, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed hospital patients after they were discharged,” reports the BBC. “It showed 87% had at least one symptom nearly two months later and more than half still had fatigue.” Here is the study’s list of symptoms in order from least common to most common—read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

woman hand flush toilet after using
woman hand flush toilet after using

“Some people with COVID-19 develop gastrointestinal symptoms either alone or with respiratory symptoms,” reports Healthline. “Recently, researchers at Stanford University found that a third of patients they studied with a mild case of COVID-19 had symptoms affecting the digestive system. Another recent study published by researchers in Beijing found that anywhere from 3 to 79 percent of people with COVID-19 develop gastrointestinal symptoms.”

female touching neck and shoulder in pain.
female touching neck and shoulder in pain.

“I think all of us who have had the winter cold or flu have had experience with muscle pain, headache, sore throat,” David Aronoff, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center told NPR, and the website continued: “Given that we’re no longer in the typical cold and flu season, if you’re experiencing muscle pains and other flu-like symptoms, ‘we know that those can be associated with COVID-19,’ he says. ‘And it is very reasonable to get people thinking, you know, maybe I should get tested.'”

Woman suffering from dizziness with difficulty standing up while leaning on wall
Woman suffering from dizziness with difficulty standing up while leaning on wall

“Research published in Annals of Neurology has found that COVID-19 affects the nervous system and can cause a number of neurological symptoms, including dizziness,” reports ENT of Georgia. “The authors report that, ‘Initially thought to be restricted to the respiratory system, we now understand that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) also involves multiple other organs, including the central and peripheral nervous system. The number of recognized neurologic manifestations of SARS‐CoV‐2 infection is rapidly accumulating.'”

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Displeased young woman doesn't want to eat her breakfast
Displeased young woman doesn’t want to eat her breakfast

“When your body is infected by a virus like COVID-19, your appetite can become reduced,” explains Dr. Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead at Treated.com. “If this is accompanied by a loss of taste and smell it can make wanting to eat or drink really difficult,” he explains. “It’s really important to drink plenty of fluids to help your body combat the virus and minimize the symptoms and even if you don’t feel like it, try to eat something, even if it’s just a snack or a small meal.”

woman with sore throat
woman with sore throat

“A study in China reported that only 14 percent of