The COVID-19 infection has been declared a pandemic which has led to worldwide lockdowns and an overall state of panic and fear. We have now reached more than 200,000 cases worldwide. The virus presents itself with flu-like symptoms that include fever and dry cough. As doctors around the world are still grappling with finding a cure for the novel coronavirus, here is a list of twelve symptoms as explained by survivors of the pandemic.
Painful sinuses are common with the flu and the cold. It can be very painful and often paired with a dull pressure. Connor Reed, a resident of Wuhan city in China, said that the sinuses were agonizing. Reed contracted the virus in November 2019 making him one of the first people to contract the strain of the novel coronavirus. “I ache all over, my head is thumping, my eyes are burning, my throat is constricted,” he wrote in his diary.
Connor discovered that his ears made him feel that they were ready to pop. It is most likely to be caused by clogged up ears because of the virus. The Eustachian tube, leading between the inner and the middle ear, becomes clogged and that can cause you to feel pressure in your ears. It is advisable not to use an earbud to massage and help relieve the pressure. That can cause more harm than good.
A headache is common when you have the flu or the cold. It can also be caused by dehydration. Do not panic the moment you start experiencing a headache. People suffering from coronavirus are advised to take paracetamol instead of an ibuprofen whenever required. Kevin Harris was admitted to a hospital Ohio recounts that the worst part was the pain. He said that on a scale of 10, the pain was a 15
The sensation of burning in the eye’s mimics to the irritation and itchiness that you face during other allergies. Such irritation can also be caused by smoke, smog and other allergens. Connor Reed also recorded that the symptoms that initially felt like the flu had no worsened and caused his eyes to burn and he developed a headache
A constricted throat can be caused by inflammation of the throat caused by continuous coughing which is a characteristic symptom of the disease. If you are having trouble breathing or swallowing, it is important that you see a doctor immediately. Andrew O’ Dwyer caught the infection in Italy. He said that the cough was quite debilitating. “The worst bit was the uncontrollable coughing,” he said
People with coronavirus experience severe pain in their body. It is not restricted to the ears and the chest but also the arm and legs. This can be due to the fever that occurs during coronavirus infection. The stress and tension also add to the aches. Elizabeth Schneider, a resident of Seattle, said that the first symptoms she experienced were severe headaches, body and joint aches along with a very high fever
Lungs sound like a paper bag
If your lung sounds crackly when you breathe, it could be symptoms of pneumonia. The crackly breathing can be caused by fluids in your air sacs which is linked to the coronavirus infection. Marc Thibault, from Rhode Island, said he felt as if he is as asphyxiating and panicked because he could not breathe
Fatigue and lack of appetite
Fatigue is a common symptom during the flu. It is advisable to rest as much as you can at times like these. Jaimuay Sae-Ung, the first Thai citizen to contract the virus, recounts that she was always tired, fatigued and couldn’t eat. She also complained she never felt up to eating while she had coronavirus.
Fever was discovered to be one of the first symptoms to be identified. People thought that a fever is the only symptom for the virus infection. Many patients only experienced a fever without the onset of any respiratory problems or cough. Rohit Dutta, Delhi’s first COVID-19 patient said he experienced a fever on the day when he returned from his trip to Italy and then again after a few days. This is when he got himself tested and was found to be positive for the coronavirus infection.
Tightness in the chest
Along with a fever, the first symptoms to be discovered were tightness and persistent coughs. The virus also spreads through respiratory droplets from the coughs. Therefore it is advised to cough and sneeze on a flexed elbow. Carl Goldman from Santa Clarita, who was aboard the Diamond Princess, said that he developed a fever and ‘a bit of a cough’ during his flight back to America and was quarantined on his return. His chest feels tight and had coughing spells.
Bridget Wilkins, who lives in London, started experiencing symptoms after she returned from Australia. She felt tired and sore, which she thought was because of jet lag. Just like fatigue, the feeling of jet lag can make people feel that they’re not quite up to it.
Feeling like passing out
The virus can have a toll on the patient and leave them drained and always feeling like they are about to pass out. David and Sally Abel, from Oxfordshire, recorded their journey of battling with their infection. They, too, like many others felt the same when they were tested positive.