The health experts are still grappling with the symptoms of the Coronavirus. While some of the unusual symptoms of COVID-19 include rash, dizziness and losing the sense of smell, there are many people experiencing more serious issues like the blood clotting issues and even the cardiovascular problems.
COVID-19 has emerged as one of the most serious illnesses in the history of mankind, which attacks the respiratory system of the body by causing problems with breathing, fever, and coughing.
However, those are not the only symptoms that people notice, in recent times some people have also been experiencing other unusual symptoms of COVID-19 like delirium, diarrhea, sores that look like the ones associated with Chickenpox, nausea, etc. Here the complete list of Covid-19 related symtoms as recognized by the CDC.
As per Dr Eric Cioe-Pena, global health director at New Hyde Park, New York’s Northwell Health and physician the symptoms associated with COVID-19 have been all related to the respiratory system, but there have been some cases where the symptoms have been seen to affect the other organs of the body as well.
Some uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and difficulty in breathing. Dr Eric Cioe-Pena adds that when it comes to the symptoms of COVID-19, there are some people that do not show any symptoms while there are some that have very severe symptoms and then there are those that fall between these two.
Being able to recognize the less common symptoms of COVID-19 might help you be more aware and be able to tell when someone that is close to you gets infected. Some of these unusual symptoms of COVID-19 are:
SENSE OF SMELL AND TASTE DIMINISHES
Loss of taste and smell has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the symptoms of COVID-19. A study done on 59 participants by the University of California scientists revealed that as much as 2/3 of these people complained of loss of smell or taste when they got infected with the virus.
Although most commonly these symptoms are associated with the flu in some cases, it can also point towards a possible infection by the Coronavirus.
DIARRHEA, NAUSEA, AND VOMITING
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not recognized gastrointestinal issues as one of the symptoms of COVID-19, it has been seen that such issues are common in people infected with it.
As per a new study by Stanford Medicine done on 116 COVID-19 patients revealed that 1/3 of them had gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss.
HIVES, RASH, SORES AS SEEN IN CHICKENPOX
A study done in Lombardy, Italy, on 88 COVID-19 patients showed that around 20 per cent of them suffered from skin problems.
This included rash, hives, and sores such as the ones seen in Chickenpox.
Lenox Hill Hospital, New York’s emergency physician Dr Robert Glatter is of the view that some COVID-19 patients may show signs of dermatological issues like lesions on the toes and feet or rashes which might look like infection of the skin at first. A lot of the rashes cause bleeding or clotting in the area of the rash or in the surrounding parts.
DIZZINESS, DELIRIUM AND MUSCLE PAIN
Researchers at JAMA Neurology have revealed that some neurological symptoms, such as delirium, muscle pain or weakness, and dizziness can be seen in some COVID-19 patients.
Initially, people might experience neurological issues that are milder such as a headache, loss of smell or taste, weakness of the muscles, and dizziness. Dr Robert Glatter is of the view that some people show signs of disturbed mental status and confusion. At the same time, others show signs of inflammation of the brain in which case they need to be admitted for closer monitoring.
As per the early reports being infected with COVID-19 can increase the risk of the malfunctioning of blood clotting. In case the blood clots form in the blood vessels of the feet or the surrounding areas the patient can experience skin issues however in case the blood clots occur in the heart, lungs or the brain there is a great risk of more serious issues like a cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. As per Dr Maxine Dexter, critical care and pulmonary specialist, Kaiser Permanente a lot of COVID-19 patients also happen to be experiencing issues related to the heart or presenting symptoms of a stroke.
Myocarditis refers to the infection of the heart, which occurs when the Coronavirus attacks the cells in the heart. Its symptoms may be irregular heart rhythms, pain in the chest, and even a cardiac arrest.
As per Dr Eric Cioe-Pena, some severely ill people due to COVID-19 have also shown the symptoms of very serious heart-related issues which are very difficult to manage.
Happy hypoxia refers to the condition when some people have very low oxygen levels in their blood which can otherwise cause them to lose consciousness, but they are rather alert.
According to some scientists, this might be caused due to blood clotting in the blood vessels found in the lungs; however, there has been no definite proof of that yet.
THE VIRUS HAS MORE FREEDOM
As per Dr Eric Cioe-Pena, since the Coronavirus is a very new illness, the symptoms associated with it are not that astonishing since our bodies have not been able to build immunity against it yet. Because of that, the virus is free to move around in the body at its will.
When it has entered the bloodstream or lungs, it has the liberty to move around in the body without any issues. There is still a lot that has to be done to understand how the virus affects various cells of the body. While some of the symptoms can occur due to the virus entering the cells of certain organs in the body, some on the hand might just be due to the immune response of the body against an infection which causes inflammation in the body.
PUTTING AN END ON THE SPREAD
Due to the fact that the Coronavirus causes a great number of different types of symptoms, it is possible that some people might have gotten infected without even realizing it. According to Dr Robert Glatter, to effectively identify the confirmed cases of the infection, more and more testing is very important.
Routine screening of people is important, and they need to be quarantined when someone in the family is infected. Dr, Eric Cioe-Pena is of the view that for the time being social distancing is the only way one can prevent getting infected by the Coronavirus. Social distancing is a very effective way, and there has been positive news regarding the reduction in the new cases in New York because the people have been adhering to the social distancing rules.