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COVID is Rising Again and Here are Signs You Caught It

Here's the latest on what symptoms may mean you've contracted COVID.
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Although the COVID vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus, it is possible to experience symptomatic illness. As the BA.2 subvariant spreads nationwide, here’s the latest on what symptoms may mean you’ve contracted COVID. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

BA.2 Symptoms Similar to Previous Waves

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Experts say BA.2 symptoms don’t seem to be that different from Omicron or Delta. “This is the same virus, SARS coronavirus 2, so we’re seeing the same symptoms,” Dr. Michael Angarone, an associate professor of medicine in infectious diseases at Northwestern University, told NBC Chicago.

According to the most recent data gathered by the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, the five most common symptoms of Omicron and BA.2 infection are the same as those associated with the Delta variant: Runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, and sore throat.

According to anecdotal reports, some people are experiencing more dizziness and fatigue  with BA.2 than with previous variants.

One Symptom Less Likely

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The ZOE COVID researchers say that one symptom is much less likely now than earlier in the pandemic: Loss of smell. In research published in The Lancet last month, the scientists found that 52.7% of people infected with Delta lost their sense of smell, while only 16.7% of those with Omicron did.

Other Common COVID Symptoms

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The CDC says these are the most common symptoms of COVID-19 overall:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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