Here we are. December 2020. Winter's coming.

Nine months into this pandemic. And we’re still confused and questioning what, exactly, are the indisputable symptoms of COVID-19. With every cough, every ache, we start to worry. We jump to the internet to diagnose ourselves. We're going to try to help narrow it down today. 

While some people can be asymptomatic (meaning that they do not experience or show any symptoms) others can experience a multitude of symptoms, some common, some not so common and some weird ones (looking at you, pink eye).     

Looking at you

-The most common symptom one may experience is a fever. But, with new studies regarding our "normal" temperature, diagnosing a fever is different these days, leading to more confusion. The CDC defines a fever as having a temperature of 100.4°F or higher. However, the Infectious Diseases Society of America says you have a fever if you have a single oral temperature of more than 100°F or two repeated oral temps above 99°F. Either way, a fever is a sign that your body is working to fight something.

-Other common symptoms include cough and tiredness.

A cough? That sounds like a run-of-the-mill symptom that could be hard to (mis)diagnose. In general, the cough will be dry (no icky mucus) vs. a wet cough (with icky mucus). Additionally, if you experience wheezing with the cough, it is typically not COVID related.

-Tiredness? Really!? Whom among us right now does not feel ragged, rundown, and tired? Mix in the fact that feeling fatigued can be benign or a symptom of different illnesses, physical and/or mental, the term “tiredness” is extremely worthless in determining if one has COVID.

We're tired

Typically, COVID-related fatigue is not the only symptom you’ll experience. Because this symptom is so nondescript, it is important to be aware of how you’ve been treating your body. If you’re burning both ends of the candle, not sleeping properly, mentally stressed out (emotionally fatigued), your body and mind may feel burned out.

-If your fatigue is coming with any other symptoms such as body aches, “brain fog”, a lack of appetite, dry cough, fever, an overall incapacitated feeling, or any of the symptoms listed below, you should play it safe, call your doctor, and quarantine until you can get tested.

So, now that we’ve covered the three most common symptoms, let’s look at some of the less prevalent symptoms one might develop while having COVID:

-Loss of taste or smell

-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

-Muscle aches


-Sore throat

-Runny nose


-Chest pain

-Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

-Less common symptoms include rash, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

And if this list hasn’t helped you, you are far from alone. There is still much to learn about this virus. To exacerbate the issue, there is also public confusion as to when you should get tested. If you’re worried, call your doctor immediately. Isolate until you can get tested. And if you do test positive, please contact any persons or establishments you visited. This year has been rough on everyone. Let’s watch out for and take care of each other.  💙💚

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your physician for more information.