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The news has inundated viewers with the symptoms of COVID-19 since it was first diagnosed on American soil. However, recently the coronavirus appears to have changed and there are new symptoms emerging.

Symptoms for COVID-19 tend to emerge within two to 14 days after exposure. The standard symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue

The Northwestern Medicine article that appears in the Annals of Neurology announced that COVID-19 is causing new neurological symptoms before the respiratory problems ever make an appearance. It is believed that the virus has already started to cause damage within the body before the typical symptoms are even noticed.

9. Mental Alterations

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An altered mental state has been noted incredibly early in many patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19. A loss of smell and taste, changes in mental status, and stroke have all been reported, according to Yale Medicine neurologist and Division Chief of Neurological Infections & Global Neurology Serena Spudich, MD.

In JAMA Neurology, Spudich wrote, “The characteristics of these and other more rare neurological manifestations suggest a range of causes that may differ by symptoms and even between patients.”

8. Brain Inflammation

Migraine Headaches

The neurons of the brain appear to swell in response to the virus. Many theorize that this is due to the inflammation caused by the body’s own immune system as it tries to combat the virus. The brain inflammation leads to headaches and could cause a stroke.

The headache caused by brain inflammation is usually very severe and prolonged. The pain level is far more intense than a headache brought on from the fever and cold-like symptoms that typically have accompanied the virus.



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