14 Silent Signs You’ve Already Had COVID-19

Nowadays, feeling exhausted and suffering from a major headache isn’t what it used to be. It could actually mean you have Covid. As of January 2022, there have been more than 319,000,000 Covid-19 cases that are documented, according to Johns Hopkins University.

From all of these, 60 million cases were confirmed in the U.S., with 850,000 deaths. And the newest variant, Omicron, is seemingly faster than its predecessors.

With all these concerning numbers, some hopeful advancements have still been made. There’s now a widely available vaccination scheme against all variants of Covid-19, which demonstrated how efficient and preventive they are against the infection.

If you haven’t felt ok in recent months but haven’t been able to figure out what’s wrong, here are some silent signs that may show you have been already infected with Covid-19:

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You’ve got natural antibodies

According to Matthew B. Laurens, MD, MPH, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, if you’re curious to know if you have Covid-19, you can take an antibodies test.

As he said, there’s an antibody test that shows you if you’ve been exposed to natural infection, and there is a different test to show you the response your body had to the Covid-19 vaccine.

Basically, antibodies to nucleocapsid protein will show up if you have recovered from Covid-19, while vaccines and natural infection produce antibodies to spike proteins. While there’s still research to be done, knowing this can really come in handy!

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You were a little run down a few months back

For people who are fully vaccinated, Omicron seems to be mild, unlike other variants of the virus. While the first case of Omicron was first discovered in the U.S. in December 2021, it’s possible to have been circulating way before that.

There are some people that might have had the virus, without noticing any symptoms at all. If you didn’t feel sick enough to consider getting tested, you could have had the virus and recovered without an official diagnosis.” as Len Horovitz explained, MD, a pulmonary specialist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. If that’s the case, then you were probably lucky.

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Your fever and cough weren’t the flu

If you had a fever for a couple of days, with a hacking cough, a constant feeling of exhaustion, and your flu test was negative, then you probably had Covid-19.

At least that’s what Adam Spivak says, MD, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, mentioning that this year, flu season and the Covid-19 pandemic overlapped.

That’s why, this year, doctors have been overwhelmed by cases of flurona. As Spivak mentions, this year there has been a huge overlap with colds or flu and Covid-19 symptoms, which is why many doctors have emphasized the importance of getting tested for Covid-19.

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You suddenly lost your sense of smell or taste

You definitely heard about this before. The loss of sense of smell or taste is really a hallmark of Covid-19 infection in the earlier variants of the virus.

But what you probably didn’t know is that these symptoms aren’t a slam dunk by any stretch, according to Benjamin Singer, MD, and assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

And according to recent findings that have been published in “JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery”, as many as 1.6 million American citizens will develop a loss of smell from Covid-19, which is a striking number.

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Your hair is falling out in clumps

If you’ve noticed in the last few months any serious hair loss, it’s possible you have been infected with Covid-19, according to Alexis Young, MD, a dermatologist at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

The phenomenon has been known as telogen effluvium and it occurs when physical or psychological stress leads to hair roots being pushed into a resting state that’s too premature.

While it’s not specific to Covid-19, it’s possible for these symptoms to appear on people who are currently recovering from Covid-19, and some of them might not have been aware they had the virus in the first place.

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You’ve got hives

There is another interesting phenomenon that health professionals have been noticing, and it’s known as “Post-Covid-19 hives”. Dr. Young has also mentioned viral exanthems, which is a skin rash that has been currently related to a viral infection after Covid-19.

In reality, these seem to be much more common in children than in adults and can appear even if you didn’t have any noticeable Covid-19 symptoms.

The hives and rashes can go away on their own, as long as you are constantly using moisturizer or topical steroids if the itch is really bothering you. Even so, Covid-19 symptoms never cease to surprise us!

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Your loved ones had it 

If Covid-19 has been occupying your house, taking no prisoners except for you, it’s possible that you had the virus and didn’t realize it. There are many people who had the virus and had mild or no symptoms at all.

Even more, Omicron seems to produce even milder symptoms than other variants, especially in those people who have been vaccinated and also have their booster shots done.

You just didn’t test at the proper time

Also, it’s possible you didn’t get tested at the proper time. Because depending on when and how you got tested, it’s possible you might not have caught the infection. Plus, at home Covid-19 antigen tests aren’t as sensitive as we think, so you may have received a false negative.

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Your toes were a mess

You should know by now that Covid toes really are a thing. They are usually marked by purple, or red, itchy wounds. So skin manifestations, especially when they occur on the toes, could be something that shows you had Covid even though you weren’t tested in the past. Of course, toes with this kind of appearance don’t lead 100% to a Covid-19 infection, because there can be other causes as well.

Your stomach was acting up

While Covid-19 is a respiratory illness, not everyone is sure to get coughs or a shorter breath. For some people, Covid-19 comes with diarrhea or stomach aches.

If you experience digestive problems like diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, and you have been recently in contact with someone infected with Covid-19, you should get tested.

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You had a stroke out of the blue

There is an obvious link between Covid-19 and stroke risk, even when it comes to younger patients, which is what makes this virus so scary.

You woke up with pink eye

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye infection, can be a sign of coronavirus. Luckily, this case is very rare, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

If you wake up and you notice you have pink eye, don’t rush and don’t panic! All you have to do is call your ophthalmologist to let them know what’s happening, and follow the instructions you receive for proper care.” While it isn’t pleasant to suffer from conjunctivitis, it’s still a manageable symptom.

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You’ve got cotton-mouth

Could a dry mouth be a symptom of Covid-19? Well, it’s not completely off the table. Apparently, as many as 40% of people who are infected with Covid-19 may experience symptoms of dry mouth during or after the illness, if we were to follow a study from the “Journal of Dental Research”.

There’s even more recent evidence that shows how Covid-19 has a direct impact on the mouth and saliva. In fact, researchers from Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, U.K., and other organizations in the U.S. and U.K. found the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 receptors, or ACE2 receptor, in cells of the salivary glands and tissues lining of the mouth.

And this is basically the protein that Covid-19 locks into for entering the body.

Everything smells just like a skunk

There are some people who are currently recovering from Covid-19 and suffering from a serious alteration of their smell. They smell everything, from smoke, garbage, and food, as if it were skunk.

And according to some doctors, these phantom smells tend to become even more common with time, as 25% of people experienced these unexplainable smells soon after they were diagnosed with Covid-19.

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