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I Had COVID and My Symptoms Came in This Order

A local Hawaiian man shared his symptoms in the middle of the outbreak.

Hawaii has gone from COVID superstar to cautionary tale, as Politico puts it, as "a ten-fold surge in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations over the last month has triggered new shutdown orders." "It has been a rollercoaster of symptoms for Ken Lykes and his family," reports Hawaiian TV station KHON. "He tested positive for the coronavirus even after he and his partner were cautious not to bring it home to their nine-month-old baby and six-year-old." Read on to find out what their symptoms were, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.


The Air Felt Heavy

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"Shortness of breath can make it hard to breathe deeply. You may feel winded, or as if you can't get enough air into your lungs," reports Healthline. "Known clinically as dyspnea, shortness of breath is one of the hallmark symptoms of COVID-19."


Had to Clear Throat

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"Early studies have found that at least 60% of people with COVID-19 have a dry cough," reports WebMD. "About a third have a cough with mucus, called a 'wet' or 'productive' cough."


Fatigue and Lethargy

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"For me, it was fatigue and lethargy if I did anything sort of stimulating like talk to a friend on Zoom or Facetime, I'd just crash right after," Lykes told the station.


Brain Fog


"Lingering neurological conditions from COVID-19 include brain fog, headaches, fatigue and trouble concentrating," reports Marketwatch. "A study of 60 COVID-19 patients published in Lancet this week finds that 55% of them were still displaying such neurological symptoms during follow-up visits three months later."


His Partner Felt Stomach Aches and Fatigue

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"For instance, my partner yesterday, she made some pancakes for breakfast and that just wiped her out," Lykes said. "She sat down, took a bite and she couldn't even chew and breath at the same time, we almost had to go to the hospital but we waited it out and she ended up being okay."


She Lost Her Sense of Taste

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"Up to 80% of people who test positive for COVID-19 have subjective complaints of smell or taste loss," says Justin Turner, MD, PhD, associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and medical director of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Smell and Taste Center. "That percentage rises when these patients are tested using objective methods that measure smell function. Most patients first notice problems with their sense of smell, but because smell is necessary to taste flavor, the symptoms are often connected."


The Symptoms Were a 'Rollercoaster'

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"He could feel fine one second and suddenly lose all of his energy," reports the network. Lykes believes one of his children had it too, but he was the only one tested. "Goes to show all of the people who are unaccounted for in the numbers," Lykes said. "Whatever day my number comes up, they are also not counting the possible three people in my house."  


How to Avoid COVID-19

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Do what the scientists say: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek