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:
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!