Do you recall the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic? Little was known about the coronavirus. It was a toss-up as to whether you should wear a mask or not. And people were buying toilet paper like it was the secret cure to the coronavirus. Looking back at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic can make you wonder, “Have I already had COVID-19?”
Let’s take it from the beginning. Although the first coronavirus confirmed coronavirus patient was found on January 21, 2020, the virus’s community spread wasn’t prevalent until late February. By March, the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic. At the end of May 2020, the death toll in the United States surpassed 100,000 and community spread of the virus reached even rural areas.
Between January and May 2020, there was still very little known about the coronavirus. Coronavirus tests were in short supply, and hot spots were ill-prepared for the influx of patients. However, doctors and scientists have a better grasp of COVID’s symptoms and their effects on the human body.
Perhaps, during those first few months of the pandemic, you were ill and couldn’t obtain a test. Or maybe you’ve wondered if the odd symptoms you’ve experienced may have been COVID-19. The following are signs and symptoms that could indicate you’ve already had COVID.
If you opened your oven full of garlic chicken and couldn’t smell a thing, you may have had a bout of COVID-19. Although it’s not definite proof that you’ve had COVID, studies show that about 64% of people with the coronavirus experience a loss of the sense of smell (anosmia). A loss of smell may seem unique to the coronavirus, but it can also occur in the case of allergies or sinus problems. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control added a loss of smell or to its list of possible coronavirus symptoms to look out for.
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