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Signs You Have COVID, Says Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, recently said that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 seems to be causing more mild symptoms . "Omicron appears to be very transmissible," he said on air. "Though there is early evidence it may be causing less severe illness." For many people, these can include flu-like symptoms. But COVID can cause a range of symptoms, and severe disease is still possible—especially if you’re unvaccinated. Here’s what Gupta has reported are common signs of COVID, some particularly unusual and debilitating. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Young woman suffers, writhes in abdominal pain lying on couch in living room at home interior Early in the pandemic, Gupta mentioned that studies had found that nearly half of early COVID patients in Wuhan, China, reported digestive symptoms as one of the first signs of their illness, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and loss of appetite. "Sometimes the early symptoms aren’t these classic symptoms," he said . Portrait of young woman smelling a fresh and sweet nectarine "Loss of smell—anosmia—seems to be another symptom that any of these patients often develop," said Gupta . "They don’t know if it’s related to the upper respiratory virus part of this or what but anosmia, maybe linked to loss of taste, maybe linked to loss of appetite. We’re not entirely sure, but it’s clearly something to look out for." Vertigo illness concept. Man hands on his head felling headache dizzy sense of spinning dizziness,a problem with the inner ear, brain, or sensory nerve pathway. Gupta reported on one 47-year-old man who was healthy and fit, but found himself hospitalized with COVID, "with a left lung filled with blood clots and a brain stuck in a deep fog. Indeed, he felt like he was losing his mind. The splitting headaches and overwhelming fatigue convinced him his brain was on fire."

COVID can cause a raft of neurological problems. "Although estimates vary, studies have found that at least half of people who recover from COVID-19 continue to suffer from neurological symptoms for months after," wrote Gupta. "Brain scans of patients, compared with scans of those who’ve never been infected, show structural and functional changes to the brain."

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