Within 24 hours of President Donald Trump tweeting that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19, the White House issued a statement that the president was experiencing "mild symptoms" of the virus.
That phrase—"mild symptoms"—came from Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff, at a press conference that, in part, addressed the president's health.
"Mild symptoms," according to Robert Glatter, M.D., Men’s Health advisor and an emergency physician at Lenox Hill in New York City, "may include a dry cough, low-grade fever, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, loss of smell and loss of taste.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that "people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
And Dr. Glatter points out that "COVID-19 also has the potential to quickly progress to more severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, chest pain, escalating fever, dizziness, as well other progressive neurological symptoms." (See more on that below.)
"Progressive neurologic symptoms can include strokes, since the virus increases the risk for clotting," Dr. Glatter says. "Many people who develop progressive symptoms can and do recover, but there is also the risk for longer term or chronic symptoms such as we see in 'long haulers.'"
Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Dizziness has also been reported by some.
Certain symptoms are considered emergency warning signs that you could be infected with the coronavirus, and should seek medical attention right away:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
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