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Symptoms COVID Patients Say They've Had Most

Five common COVID symptoms patients are experiencing, according to doctors. 
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While there's still much to be learned about COVID, one thing is clear—everyone has a different reaction to the virus. Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician, Carbon Health, and Saint Mary's Hospital tells Eat This, Not That! Health, "The virus affects everyone differently based on the level of exposure, variant, current health status and vaccine plus booster status." That said, there are common symptoms that many patients do experience and Dr. Curry-Winchell reveals what the symptoms are and why vaccinated people are still getting COVID. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Loss of Smell and Taste

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Dr. Curry-Winchell says, "Loss of taste and smell, [is common among COVID patients], which is profound when you reflect on how integrated these senses are a part of our daily lives. Some patients have not had their taste and smell return."



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"Patients reported a headache that is dull to overwhelming and not responsive to over-the-counter medication, which can last for about a week," says Dr. Curry-Winchell.   


Throat Pain

Woman touching painful neck.

According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, "Patients will report pain with drinking and eating and often arrive at the urgent care with a complaint of a sore throat requesting an exam for the bacterial infection strep throat. This symptom normally resolves after 2-3 days."



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Dr. Curry-Winchell shares, "This symptom often presents a couple days after the onset of upper respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose). The fever can be variable and it's important to seek out medical attention if it lasts several days."    

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"This is a very common symptom," Dr. Curry-Winchell emphasizes, "My patients report difficulty with getting out of bed and participating in daily activities. Unfortunately, this can be ongoing for some, and some patients do not return to their initial baseline of energy."

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Why Vaccinated People Still Getting COVID

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Dr. Curry-Winchell says, "The goal of vaccines is to decrease the severity of illness in hopes of preventing hospitalization or death. Vaccines are not one hundred percent effective at preventing disease." She adds, "The duration of immunity is unknown, and research is ongoing to learn more."

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How to Stay Safe Out There


Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more about Heather