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The Nine Symptoms that Go with Covid-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) have added to the list of symptoms that reliably go along with Corona Covid-19 infections.  The nine symptoms are:

  • Chills

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Rigors (shaking chills often followed by sweating)

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

One or more of these symptoms are reliably present in documented Covid infections and can be a guide for patients to watch out and isolate early if any of them occur.  A patient doesn't have to have all of the symptoms, but as the infection progresses more may occur.  Fatigue is also often what patients report and we are also seeing blood clots, chest pain and and pressure.  I've answered a number of questions from patients who have GI symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal cramping and nausea and wonder if it is Covid-19.  Those symptoms alone are not likely to be Corona Covid-19.  The Corona virus is specific for the respiratory tract and symptoms always involve the lungs.  I hope that many people have contracted the virus and are asymptomatic (no symptoms at all).  Although that can sound risky for passing it to others, those asymptomatic people should have some immunity going forward. 

We keep hearing about testing testing testing as the way to open up society.  

A reliable (that word should be in caps: RELIABLE) antibody test to show who has been exposed to the virus in the past and cleared it from their system, is critical for getting our lives, jobs and society back. 


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