Catching it early could save lives—including your own.
You’re hot, your throat tickles, your eye feels wonky—and, oh no, is this it? Is this the coronavirus? Do you have it??? Here are seven early signs that you might.
1. You Have Flu-Like Symptoms
“For most people, the coronavirus will be like any other flu or cold. Many people catch these illnesses during their lives and experience only mild symptoms,” says Dr. Carrie Lam
“There are no special signs or symptoms of coronavirus. In fact, that is one of the reasons why it spread so quickly,” says Dr. Kaushal M. Kulkarni, a board-certified ophthalmologist.
2. You Have a Loss of Senses
“Thirty percent of patients have loss of smell (anosmia) and loss of taste (ageusia) as their first signs of a COVID-19 infection,” says Dr. Jonathan Kaplan. “Because of the relationship between smell and taste, taste can also be significantly affected. It can take weeks to recover,” says Dr. Inna Husain.
3. You Have a Fever
“Coronavirus often begins with a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit within 2-14 days of exposure to an infected person,” says Dr. LaFarra Young, a pediatric pathologist and health coach.
4. You Have an Unsuspecting Cough
“If you notice a slight cough or fever this would be reason enough to begin self-isolation allowing a couple of days to see if symptoms manifest,” says Dr. Giuseppe Aragona, a family medicine doctor. “It has been reported that the respiratory symptoms will worsen after a week, though in some cases the incubation period can be as little as two days.”
5. You are Fatigued
“Some older or immunosuppressed individuals may not present with a fever, instead presenting with other common symptoms such as sore throat, dry cough, or fatigue,” says Dr. LaFarra Young, a pathologist at King’s Daughters Medical Center. “Fatigue is a daily lack of energy; unusual or excessive whole-body tiredness not relieved by sleep,” reports WebMD. “Fatigue can prevent a person from functioning normally and affects a person’s quality of life.”
6. You Experience Shortness of Breath
Can’t get enough air in your lungs? “Extreme shortness of breath and respiratory issues are what is causing the increase in patients in the ICU. Increasing your immune system using Vitamin D can help decrease the likeliness of the spread of bacterial and viral infections,” says Dr. Geoffrey Mount Varner.
7. You Have Pink Eye
Here’s one we haven’t seen widely reported. “Conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as pink eye, can present as a symptom of coronavirus,” says Dr. Kevin Lee. “People should be cognizant of possible aerosol transmission with the conjunctiva and through ocular secretions, like tears.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, call your medical care provider before showing up. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 50 Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.