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Doctors report new symptoms of COVID-19
The SARS-CoV-2 virus that triggers COVID-19 is still new, so we don't know much about it yet. However, the more people get COVID-19, the better medical professionals can get an idea of the disease. The renowned Mayo Clinic is now reporting on new symptoms that have been observed as part of COVID-19.
What were the new symptoms?
Dr. Stacey Rizza, an infectious disease expert and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, reports in a news article that the list of previously known symptoms of COVID-19 needs to be expanded. The newly observed symptoms include inflammation of the heart tissue, skin changes such as a rash and inflammation of the testicles (orchitis).
COVID-19: How is the infectious disease going?
In many people, infection with SARS-CoV-2 is completely symptom-free, i.e. without them even noticing it. Others only have mild cold symptoms.
High fever, cough and chills are often the main symptoms of a clearer clinical picture, possibly accompanied by diarrhea or a loss of sense of smell and taste.
In severe cases, those affected develop pneumonia, in the worst case the lungs fail. Symptoms can include shortness of breath or chest pain.
Dr. Rizza describes the typical course of a COVID-19 disease with the classic symptoms as follows:
"The classics you'll hear about are fever and any type of airway symptoms, such as shortness of breath or cough, or anything that affects the lungs."
According to Dr. Rizza also added: "We have seen people get a sore throat, some types of gastrointestinal disorders and sometimes diarrhea." Occasionally, there is inflammation of the heart tissue and associated pain in the chest area. "We even had a few people with a supposed heart attack, and in fact it was an inflammation of the heart tissue caused by the virus itself."
Dr. Rizza also mentions other symptoms that she says are less common: “We also know that nerves can become infected and that there is a change in smell or taste. And some people noticed skin changes, although it was a little less specific. ”
In the vast majority of COVID-19 cases, fever, respiratory symptoms and pain initially appear as typical first symptoms, but in the course of the disease, additional symptoms may occur in some affected people, reports the Mayo Clinic expert. For example, according to the latest findings in male patients, testicular inflammation (orchitis) is also found in rare cases.
Overview of symptoms
The following overview shows the symptoms that can occur during COVID-19 disease (based on information from the Mayo Clinic and the Robert Koch Institute):
- To cough,
- general feeling of weakness,
- Loss of appetite,
- Shortness of breath or other breathing difficulties,
- Muscle and body aches,
- A headache,
- Sore throat,
- Loss of taste or smell,
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting,
- Skin changes or rash,
- Somnolence (abnormal sleepiness),
- Conjunctivitis (conjunctivitis),
- Inflammation of the heart tissue,
- Inflammation of the testicles.
The symptoms can appear individually or in various combinations. Only a test can provide certainty as to whether it is actually COVID-19.
If you experience symptoms of yourself or other symptoms such as shortness of breath, blue lips, confusion, pressure or pain in the area of the heart, please get medical help immediately on telephone number 112.
You can find more information on COVID-19 online on the website of the Federal Center for Health Education or by calling 116117. (kh)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig
- Balzer, Deborah: Symptom list for COVID-19 expanded; (published 04/27/2020), Mayo Clinic
- Robert Koch Institute (RKI): SARS-CoV-2 Profile on Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) as of April 24, 2020, rki.de