The following is a list of COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC. You’ll notice that many of these symptoms, including fever, body aches and a sore throat, are also common with the flu. More unusually, one possible sign of a coronavirus infection is a loss of taste or smell. People with COVID-19 have from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Many of the symptoms for coronavirus overlap infections of other viruses, including influenza and rhinovirus, the virus that causes the common cold. That means it’s going to be difficult to determine precisely whether you have COVID-19 or the flu with a test. However, no matter which you have, you should still stay home, wear a mask, frequently wash your hands and keep your distance from others. The same goes for the common cold too.
Keep in mind four key periods:
Latent period: This is the period of time between getting infected with the virus and first becoming contagious. Think of it as the time it takes for the virus to get a foothold (or maybe a spikehold) in your body, to do the nasty in your body, and make enough copies of itself.
Incubation period: This is the period of time between getting infected with the virus and first developing symptoms. Consider this the amount of time that it takes for enough of the virus to build up in your body and your immune system and react.
Infectious or contagious period: This is the time from the end of the latency period when you first become contagious until you are no longer contagious.
Symptomatic period: This is the time from the end of the incubation period when you first start having symptoms to when your symptoms resolve.
The latent period and the incubation period both start at the same time, when the virus first enters into the cells of your body. You aren’t immediately infectious once the the Covid-19 coronavirus gets inside your body. It has to get into your respiratory tract cells, hijack your cells’ machinery, and use your cells to reproduce. Once enough new viruses are produced and released, you start shedding the virus and are contagious.
It’s easier to measure the typical length of the incubation period. You can ask people when they first noticed symptoms after being exposed to someone with Covid-19, assuming that the exposure was obvious. People are little more likely to remember when they first noticed a fever, chills, a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, a sore throat, a runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a loss of taste or smell. After all, diarrhea tends to be a noticeable event.
Studies have suggested that the incubation period can last anywhere from two days to 14 days. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been recommending that you quarantine yourself for at least 14 days after close contact with someone who is infectious with the Covid-19 coronavirus. A close contact consists of staying within 6 feet, of the contagious person for a total of 15 minutes or more. A close contact can also be providing care for a person with Covid-19 or having direct physical contact with an infectious person.
In other words, on average you will develop symptoms five to six days after you’ve been infected with the virus, assuming that you end up developing symptoms. A majority of those infected will have an incubation period of seven days or less. And potentially over 90% of those infected will have an incubation period of ten days or less.
Ultimately, if you are wondering how long it will take before you’ll be in the clear after a possible exposure to someone with Covid-19, use the 14-day mark. Even though the CDC is now allowing for possible cuts in the quarantine time, they still say monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days. In fact, the CDC website does state, “CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus.” So if you think that you’ve had a close contact, quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you may have had contact that doesn’t technically count as close contact, be careful for the ensuing 14 days.
Here are some uncommon signs of COVID-19 that fall outside the hallmark symptoms.
If you had asked a dermatologist, last year what type of skin ailment a future viral pandemic might bring about, they never would have predicted red- and purple-colored toes that swell, burn and itch. But that’s exactly what experts are seeing in some patients with coronavirus infections, leading this unusual symptom to be dubbed “COVID toes.” The good news is, they do go away, So we’re not seeing that this is going to cause permanent damage.Many patients are developing these toe lesions well after their infection, or they’re otherwise completely asymptomatic, except for the toes. Though most cases of COVID toes occur in the feet, the hands can be affected, too. Rashes similar to those that result from hives and chicken pox have also been reported in people who test positive for the coronavirus.
If you notice a lesionlike rash on your hands or feet, contact your doctor or dermatologist about your symptoms, since it could signify a coronavirus infection. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that not everything on your toes right now is from COVID. There’s certainly lots of other things that can appear on the feet, and there’s things that can even look similar, which is why it’s important to talk with an expert. There is no specific treatment for COVID toes, but a high-potency topical steroid might reduce inflammation.
Loss of taste or smell
On the CDC’s recently expanded list of common COVID-19 symptoms, one stands out. In addition to fever, chills and a sore throat, the public health agency recognizes new loss of taste or smell as evidence of a coronavirus infection. “People who have colds, if they get a really stuffy nose, they may complain of lack of smell, but, you know, that’s sort of an unusual [symptom] right now in the absence of COVID,” But it may be one of the best indicators of a coronavirus infection.
A study published in the journal Nature Medicine tracked more than 2.5 million participants who reported their potential symptoms of COVID-19. About 65 percent of people who tested positive for COVID-19 reported loss of taste and smell, making it one of the strongest predictors of the illness among those studied. Similarly, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that smell and taste loss were reported in 68 and 71 percent of COVID-19–positive subjects, respectively.
COVID-19 is producing symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and appetite loss in a number of patients young and old. A recent study out of Stanford University School of Medicine found that nearly one-third of 116 patients infected with the coronavirus reported mild gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Earlier reports showed that among roughly 200 patients in China, more than half experienced diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also acknowledged GI issues on its list of COVID-19 warning signs.
There’s no question at this point that GI symptoms can be a manifestation of COVID-19. And oftentimes these symptoms can come on even in the absence of “the more typical and recognized” markers of a coronavirus infection, such as fever and cough, he adds.
The virus can directly infect the cells that line the GI tract, which is why some patients can test positive for the virus with a stool sample, even if results from a nasal swab come back negative. GI issues could also be an indirect result of the body’s fight against infection.
If you don’t have a history of GI trouble and experience a sudden onset of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite — with or without other COVID-19 symptoms — check in with your doctor. Your symptoms might warrant a coronavirus test.
And if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, consider confining yourself to your own room and bathroom, separate from others in your house. It is not yet clear whether the virus can be transmitted fecal-orally, but if that is the case, you should not be sharing a toilet with somebody that has COVID-19 unless, obviously, you have no other choice.
A few other tips:
Disinfect bathroom surfaces often, especially high-touch areas such as toilet and sink handles. Don’t share toilet paper rolls with someone who has COVID-19, and always flush with the cover closed, to minimize the spread of germs. Finally, continue to be vigilant about personal hygiene. This whole issue about meticulous hand hygiene is so unbelievably important, especially if the virus is spread by the fecal-oral route. People need to wash their hands and not touch their face.
What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?
COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and lab testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
Like so many aspects of COVID-19, we’re still learning a lot about its symptoms and how they progress. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, started feeling better, and then developed symptoms again, you may wonder if that’s normal. Can COVID-19 symptoms come and go like that? Based on what we know right now, yes, COVID-19 symptoms can go up and down during the recovery period.
Some illnesses, like the common cold, run a pretty straight course: Your nose becomes stuffy, you feel fatigued, and then over the course of a few days your nose dries up and your energy returns. But people with COVID-19 report that their symptoms can go from good to bad overnight as they recover. They may be free from fever for a couple of days and then develop a new, low-grade fever. Or their cough may seem to be getting better, only to get much worse a day later.
However, a few people seem to develop a chronic case of COVID-19. Sometimes described as “long-haulers,” these people cycle through the symptoms of COVID-19 for weeks on end. Some people report needing additional care for as much as 6 months after their initial diagnosis and subsequent “recovery.”
If you tested positive for COVID-19 (or believe you had the illness but never got tested) and experience symptoms that linger longer than a month, you should talk to your doctor. Keep a daily log of your symptoms: fever, coughing, fatigue level, shortness of breath — any symptoms you experience. This information can help your doctor develop a plan of care that might help you feel better faster.
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Some people may have only a few symptoms, and some people may have no symptoms at all. Some people may experience worsened symptoms, such as worsened shortness of breath and pneumonia, about a week after symptoms start.
People who are older have a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and the risk increases with age. People who have existing chronic medical conditions also may have a higher risk of serious illness. Certain medical conditions that increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 include:
Serious heart diseases, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Type 2 diabetes
Obesity or severe obesity
Chronic kidney disease
Sickle cell disease
Weakened immune system from solid organ transplants
Chronic lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis or pulmonary fibrosis
Brain and nervous system conditions
Weakened immune system from bone marrow transplant, HIV or some medications
Type 1 diabetes
High blood pressure
In some situations, the COVID-19 virus can spread by a person being exposed to small droplets or aerosols that stay in the air for several minutes or hours — called airborne transmission. It’s not yet known how common it is for the virus to spread this way.
It can also spread if a person touches a surface or object with the virus on it and then touches his or her mouth, nose or eyes, although this isn’t considered to be a main way it spreads.
Some reinfections of the virus that causes COVID-19 have happened.
Complications can include:
Pneumonia and trouble breathing
Organ failure in several organs
A severe lung condition that causes a low amount of oxygen to go through your bloodstream to your organs (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
Acute kidney injury
Additional viral and bacterial infections
The research from the University of Southern California (USC) was able to determine that COVID-19 symptoms often start in a certain order. This order is especially important to know when we have overlapping cycles of illnesses like the flu that coincide with infections of COVID-19., Doctors can determine what steps to take to care for the patient, and they may prevent the patient’s condition from worsening.
To compare the order of COVID-19 symptoms to influenza, the researchers analyzed data from over 2,000 COVID-19 cases in North America, Europe, and the Southern Hemisphere reported to health authorities.
COVID-19 symptoms progression
According to study findings, this is the order of symptoms that patients can experience:
cough and muscle pain
nausea or vomiting
According to the study, while influenza typically begins with a cough, the first symptom of COVID-19 is fever.
Our results support the notion that fever should be used to screen for entry into facilities as regions begin to reopen after the outbreak of Spring 2020, the study authors wrote.
In general, while fever is usually the most commonly described initial symptom of COVID-19 infection, the reality of what is on the front lines is more variable. Some patients may present only with loss of taste or smell and otherwise feel well.
A sudden loss of smell and taste and inflammatory skin reactions like chilblains may be important clinical clues that may distinguish COVID-19 from seasonal influenza.
Flu season may complicate COVID-19 with ‘twindemic’
It’s possible that people can have both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu which might make morbidity and mortality skyrocket this fall. This fact makes rapid testing “more important than ever” and increases the value of knowing how each disease progresses. There’s always the possibility of a “twindemic,” a convergence of influenza and COVID-19, which could be devastating.
Researchers analyzed data from over 50,000 patients with COVID-19 and compared their symptoms with previous records from people who had the flu to find that COVID-19 symptoms occur in a particular order.
This information can help distinguish people with COVID-19 from those who simply have the flu, helping those with COVID-19 seek care and self-isolate sooner.
I’ve been pointing out evidence that: a new coronavirus was never properly discovered; the diagnostic tests are therefore meaningless; and most of the people who are sick are suffering from traditional illnesses which they have been re-packaged under the empty umbrella label, “COVID.”
Here is what “Psychological COVID” could look like.
A locked down person watches TV for hours. He’s seen wall-to-wall news, ads, public service announcements—all about the COVID virus and the pandemic. After days and weeks and months of this solid conditioning, he’s in the COVID frame of mind.
He occasionally feels a bit of this and that: a scratchy throat, a sniffle. So he thinks, “Maybe this is the start of COVID.” One day, he has a headache. He thinks, “Didn’t they say that could be a symptom, too?”
He takes his temperature. 99.8.
He calls his sister and asks her. She says, “Yes, you usually came up 98. Why? What’s the matter?”
“Nothing. I had a little cough yesterday, so I took my temperature. It was 99.8.”
“Call the doctor.”
“I’ll be fine.”
“You don’t know that. CALL THE DOCTOR.”
After talking to his sister, his throat feels raw. He makes some tea. He putters around the apartment. He feels tired. For a second, a pain shoots up his arm. “They said the virus could cause a heart problem.”
He goes to the fridge, takes out half a cake and eats a large slice. Now he really feels tired, so he lies down and goes to sleep. When he wakes up, his nose is stuffed. He walks into the bathroom and blows his nose. He looks at himself in the mirror. His eyes are a little red. His face is pale.
He coughs three times.
He calls his doctor. A nurse says, “Well, you might have a few symptoms. You should come in and get tested.”
The next day he gets tested. For two days, while he’s waiting for the results, he’s sneezing on and off. His head is stuffed. He’s sleeping more than usual. His limbs ache a bit. Is he feeling a chill, or is that a breeze blowing in through the screen?
If you told him his thoughts and his mindset could be bringing on physical symptoms, he wouldn’t believe you. Every year for the past ten years, he’s had at least one episode of cough-sneeze-slight fever, and he’s thought nothing of it…but if you reminded him of that now, he wouldn’t pay attention. No, this is different. He begins to feel fear.
In that state of mild fear, he imagines going to the hospital and being put on a ventilator. He imagines infecting someone else and being found out. He imagines dying.
The fear ratchets up. He sits in front of the TV, hoping to distract himself. But the commercials show people wearing masks.
The next day, the phone rings. It’s the nurse. She tells him he’s positive for COVID. He’s infected. He’ll need to isolate himself for two weeks, and if the symptoms become worse, he should go to Emergency…
Now his fever inches over 100. He’s coughing more.
Are you getting the picture?
If you don’t think the mind and thoughts can affect the body, think again.
If you don’t think the ability to resist and shake off a concocted story-line is important, think again.
If you don’t think the refusal to accept official pronouncements is vital…
This person I’m describing, who has now been tagged with the COVID label, is suffering from NOTHING.
As in: NOTHING.
He’s adding up and making up his own story line, which puts him in a hole.
Someone should slap him in the face to wake him up.
He’s just been suckered in, and he’s suckering himself in.
“Sir, you have psychological COVID. It goes under a better name. Sucker’s Disease.”
But wait…what about the people who are REALLY sick?
As I mentioned before, most of those people are suffering from traditional illnesses that have nothing to do with “a new virus.”
Let me state this yet AGAIN: Yes, there are people in the world who are actually sick and dying, as always, and most of those who have been labeled “COVID” are suffering from traditional diseases, such as pneumonia, TB, flu, other lung problems, etc.
The remaining people who are labeled COVID—you would have to look at these groups, wherever they live, to discover causes, such as: new toxic vaccine campaigns; new levels or new content of deadly pollution; pesticides; treatments with ventilators and toxic antiviral drugs, etc. NO NEW VIRUS REQUIRED.
Mind control or psychological COVID is its own fearsome creature, and it is widespread.
If anyone thinks my use of the term Sucker’s Disease is too strong, and is unkind, and I should have called it something like Befuddlement Syndrome, let me point out that, in this situation, being Nice and Polite doesn’t cut through the mind control. In fact, Nice and Polite, as they have spread across society like a moldy blanket, are main components of the reason why people are buying the virus story and the consequent lockdowns and economic destruction. They don’t want to make waves. They want to be kinder and gentler toward Authority. They want to cozy up to Fascism and cooperate in their own downfall.
George Carlin laid it out perfectly 20 years ago:
“What we have now is a completely neurotic population… Where did this sudden fear of germs come from in this country? Have you noticed this? The media, constantly running stories about all the latest infections – salmonella, e-coli, hanta virus, bird flu – and Americans, they panic easily so now everybody’s running around, scrubbing this and spraying that and overcooking their food and repeatedly washing their hands, trying to avoid all contact with germs. It’s ridiculous and it goes to ridiculous lengths. Besides, what do you think you have an immune system for? It’s for killing germs!…Let me tell you a true story about immunization okay? When I was a little boy in New York City in the 1940s, we swam in the Hudson River and it was filled with raw sewage okay? We swam in raw sewage! You know… to cool off! And at that time, the big fear was polio; thousands of kids died from polio every year but you know something? In my neighborhood, no one ever got polio! No one! Ever! You know why? Cause we swam in raw sewage! It strengthened our immune systems! The polio never had a prayer; we were tempered in raw shit! So personally, I never take any special precautions against germs. I don’t shy away from people that sneeze and cough, I don’t wipe off the telephone, I don’t cover the toilet seat, and if I drop food on the floor, I pick it up and eat it! Yes I do. Even if I’m at a sidewalk café! In Calcutta! The poor section! On New Year’s morning during a soccer riot! And you know something? In spite of all that so-called risky behavior, I never get infections, I don’t get them, I don’t get colds, I don’t get flu, I don’t get headaches, I don’t get upset stomach, you know why? Cause I got a good strong immune system and it gets a lot of practice…”