This Is One of the Most "Easily Overlooked" COVID Symptoms, Experts Warn

Allie Hogan
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It's hard to keep track of which symptoms are connected to COVID and which are not—since dozens of potential signs and complications have been linked to the virus. Consequently, some seemingly innocuous symptoms are easily ignored, but experts warn this could be detrimental. A Sept. 15 study from the Ear, Nose&Throat Journal (ENTJ) identified dizziness as an often overlooked symptom that physicians and patients should be aware of. For more on dizziness and COVID, read on, and for signs you had coronavirus in the past, These 2 Strange Symptoms Could Mean You've Already Had COVID.

Dizziness can seem like a fairly mundane symptom, but experts say it shouldn't be ignored. Your dizziness could be a result of various ailments, including "a sudden drop in blood pressure, dehydration, getting up too quickly, certain medications, inner ear issues, or motion sickness," according to Prevention. However, experts point out that dizziness is a common symptom of COVID. An earlier June study published in JAMA Neurology concluded that dizziness was the most common neurological manifestation of COVID.

The ENTJ study examined 14 articles on dizziness and COVID to get an understanding of how the two are connected. "Vertigo or dizziness has recently been described as a clinical manifestation of COVID-19. Countless studies, emerging daily from various parts of the world, have revealed dizziness as one of the main clinical manifestation of COVID-19," the study reads. The researchers say this finding is unsurprising since "dizziness has historically been associated with viral infections."

Researchers advise clinicians and patients "that dizziness should not be taken lightly, as it has been proven to be a notable clinical manifestation among COVID-19 patients." If you find yourself feeling dizzy, you should talk to your doctor or seek out a COVID test. "It is imperative that attending physicians remain vigilant, especially when managing nonspecific symptoms such as dizziness, as it can be easily overlooked," researchers warn.

But dizziness is not the only COVID symptom that tends to get overlooked. Here are four other coronavirus symptoms you should be on the lookout for, and for more surprising signs, If You Have These 2 Subtle Symptoms, There's a Good Chance You Have COVID.

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Stomach issues

View of young woman suffering from stomachache on sofa at home. Woman sitting on bed and having stomach ache. Young woman suffering from abdominal pain while sitting on sofa at home
View of young woman suffering from stomachache on sofa at home. Woman sitting on bed and having stomach ache. Young woman suffering from abdominal pain while sitting on sofa at home

If you've been noticing some tummy trouble lately, it could be a sign you have COVID. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report from July found that 59 percent of coronavirus patients presented at least one gastrointestinal symptom. Digestive issues related to COVID can include stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

2

Backache

Man with kidney pain
Man with kidney pain

While a bad backache could stem from a plethora of issues, experts have identified it as a potential COVID symptom. Ellen DeGeneres was one of many COVID patients who said they experienced a backache when they had COVID. "One thing that they don't tell you is that you get, somehow, excruciating back pain," DeGeneres said in a video she posted to Twitter. And for more on this unusual symptom, This Is How to Tell If Your Back Pain Is COVID, Doctors Say.

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Headache

Woman with a headache while she is working
Woman with a headache while she is working

Headaches are very common and often benign. That's why Americans have been conditioned to pop over-the-counter medication and move on with their day, but experts say headaches could be a symptom of COVID. If you're experiencing more head pain than usual and are worried it could be a sign of coronavirus, This Is How to Tell If Your Headache Is COVID, Study Says.

4

Fatigue

Exhausted woman at work, working mom
Exhausted woman at work, working mom

If you've been feeling extra tired all of a sudden, it could mean you have COVID. Robert A. Salata, MD, program director of the UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine&Global Health, told the Cleveland Clinic that he estimates some aspect of fatigue is present in 75 percent of COVID patients. And for more telltale coronavirus signs, If You Have This Symptom, There's an 80 Percent Chance You Have COVID.