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Strange COVID Symptoms No One Talks About

Four uncommon symptoms of COVID to be aware of. 
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

There's so many different COVID symptoms it's hard to keep track. Look up COVID-19 signs and a long list will pop up. While there's several common ones many people will experience like fatigue, sore throat, fever, body aches and cough, there's also strange symptoms that some will get that's not talked about often. Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with Dr. Thomas Gut, D.O., Associate Chair of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital who revealed four uncommon COVID signs to watch out for and when it's time to seek medical treatment for the virus. As always, please consult your doctor for medical advice. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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Tinnitus (Ear Ringing)

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Dr Gut says that tinnitus is, "More commonly reported with the later strains like delta, but also found in earlier waves. Generally, it improves on its own within the first few months."

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Seizures

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Dr. Gut explains that seizures are, "Rare complications of COVID but can unfortunately be a long term issue. Still unclear whether COVID exacerbates a likely mild underlying problem that has not yet been diagnosed, or if it causes seizures in patients with no underlying risk."

3

Hair Loss

According to Dr. Gut, hair loss will, "Typically lasts for 3 months but due to the slow process of hair regrowth, may seem like a much longer lasting problem."

4

Numbness of Skin

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Dr. Gut says that numbness of skin, "Can affect any part of the body but commonly reported in arms or the head. Generally, it resolves on its own within several months."

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Why There's So Many Different COVID Symptoms

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"COVID symptoms may vary based on where COVID attacks first or causes the most inflammation," Dr Gut states. "This has a large role in why some symptoms are present for some individuals yet are absent in other cases. Also, the variants of COVID have caused some interesting and relatively unique symptoms to each wave."

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Should People With Uncommon COVID Symptoms be Concerned?

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Dr. Gut says, "COVID cases that affect the most critical organ systems are generally the ones that are more troubling. Patients that have COVID symptoms that affect the brain, heart, or lungs are at highest risk. However, patients may experience organ damage that does not immediately cause symptoms such as kidneys or liver. All cases have the potential to cause long term effects beyond the viral phase."

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When Should People Seek Medical Treatment?

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According to Dr. Gut, "The guiding principle is to seek medical attention when something feels worse than typical cold or flu symptoms. Most people will only experience mild symptoms, especially if vaccinated. However, symptoms that are new or alarming to a patient should be evaluated."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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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