11 Early Warning Signs You May Have Already Had Covid-19 Without You Realizing

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Your toes were a mess

“Covid toes” are a thing, Dr. Singer says. They are marked by purple or red, itchy wounds. “Skin manifestations, particularly of the toes, could be something that makes people who weren’t tested look back and say ‘was that a manifestation of Covid-19?’” he says. But he cautions that toes with this appearance aren’t a telltale sign of Covid-19, as there could be other causes. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor.

You had chills, muscle pain, or a sore throat

As doctors learn more about Covid-19 and how it behaves, the CDC has been adding to its symptom list. Other symptoms that could suggest Covid-19 include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, and a sore throat.

You noticed a strange rash on your child

There have been concerning reports of rashes and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) who had the virus, the CDC states. Other signs of MIS-C include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, and feeling tired. Call your doctor if you notice any of these signs in your child, the CDC notes.

Your stomach was acting up

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness, but not everyone experiences coughing or shortness of breath. For some, diarrhea may be the first and only sign of Covid-19, according to a March 2020 study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Researchers suggest that people with new-onset digestive symptoms such as diarrhea who may have been in contact with individuals infected with Covid-19 should have a high index of suspicion.

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