Doctors Warn of 9 New COVID 19 Symptoms Discovered
The common symptoms of the coronavirus are well-known worldwide by now. These include fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. But, a new study published by Northwestern Medicine in Annals of Neurology has claimed that people are now experiencing new coronavirus symptoms. These new symptoms are being experienced much before the more common respiratory ones. This is due to the nervous system being damaged by COVID-19. Here are 9 such symptoms.
1 Inflammation in the Brain
In Dr. Spudich and her colleagues’ comprehensive review article they outlined the fact that COVID-19 can directly infect neurons. This causes changes in the sense of smell. As a result, the body’s immune response may cause inflammation in the brain which leads to confusion and headaches. It even affects other organs including the blood vessel system which predisposes to a stroke.
Patients infected with COVID-19 frequently experience new coronavirus symptoms with the most common one being headaches. She says “They are sometimes part of the overall illness accompanying fever and respiratory problems, and sometimes manifesting as the primary COVID-19 symptom as prolonged or severe headaches in patients with usually well-controlled migraines” According to the description from patients, these headaches seem to feel like a painful “throbbing” sensation.
COVID-19 can also cause serious complications in patients such as a stroke. This can lead to long-lasting effects like the loss of speech and sudden weakness of one part of the body. Strokes are mainly seen in COVID-19 patients who are already at risk of them. These include elderly patients with certain heart conditions or high blood pressure. There have even been a few cases of strokes in younger patients with no clear reasons.
Dr. Spudich explains: “A variety of factors in patients with COVID-19 may predispose to stroke including blood clotting abnormalities, inflammation of the blood vessels, and, in the most severely ill patients, changes in oxygen levels and blood circulation”.