Confirmed Signs That You Have COVID-19 As Per CDC

Many of you already know about COVID-19 signs issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These signs include a high fever, cough, chills, and difficulty in breathing. But COVID-19 also has some emergency signs which are to be watched by everyone. These signs can show up randomly but ignoring them can increase the risk of COVID-19 complications, according to CDC.

Problems in breathing

COVID-19 doesn’t necessarily stop the breathing of a person. In some people, it may look like a minor breathing problem which is similar to an anxiety attack or panic attack. If you experience an unusual change or problem related to breathing, it is necessary to seek medical care as soon as possible. Those who have weak lungs should take extra care because even a minor COVID-19 attack can send them to the hospital.

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Feeling pressure in the chest

Chest pain is generally regarded as a heart problem. The American Heart Association estimates that chest pain, strain, or discomfort is typically caused when there is not enough oxygen available for the body. The body has to do extra struggle which sometimes feels like a strain or pain in the chest. Some people may also feel this pressure or pain in their shoulders and arms. Health experts also estimate indigestion as a COVID-19 sign.

A feeling of confusion

COVID-19 signs are not just limited to the body as they also show up in the brain. It is necessary to watch out for all changes and symptoms in the body, including neurological signs. Sometimes a person starts feeling a new type of confusion that has no explanation or link with any disease.

There are chances that it is caused by oxygen deficiency, stress, or sleeping disorder, but a sudden confusion can also represent COVID-19 in some cases. Many of these patients struggle with brain fog even after recovering from the virus.

Drowsiness and fatigue

Some people who have contracted the virus may find it hard to get up or stay awake. It is because their oxygen levels are compromised. It is still unclear how COVID-19 affects the sleeping cycle but the health experts are confident that these two have some link. Coronavirus is an intelligent virus that can change even some minute nervous system processes which show unpredictable results later. Sometimes it can delay the recovery or lower immunity making the body susceptible to other pathogens as well.

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Bluish face, lips, or body

Sometimes the skin appears to be blue which is a typical sign of cyanosis, meaning that the body lacks oxygen in the blood. It mostly shows up in patients with asthma, pneumonia, heart diseases, or lung diseases. As COVID-19 directly affects the heart and lungs, affecting the oxygen supply, some patients are likely to experience bluish pigment in their facial skin or lips, as a COVID-19 sign.

Minor headache or other symptoms

CDC also acknowledges that experiencing all the symptoms together is not possible. In some cases, you may not even feel like you have contracted the virus because these signs are extremely generalized which are attached to dozens of other conditions. That’s why it is hard to believe that these minor problems are actually COVID-19 signs.

In addition to these, other signs of COVID-19 include loss of smell, loss of taste, diarrhea, sore throat, flu, nasal congestion, etc.  CDC recommends getting immediate medical help in case a severe problem shows up.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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