For a certain generation of TV viewers, Larry King, 87, will always be the go-to guy for interviews with notable newsmakers—the man still hosts a show called Larry King Now. This week he made headlines himself, for an all-too-familiar reason: King has been hospitalized with COVID-19. CNN—where King hosted a show for 25 years—was the first to report the news, saying King "has been hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than a week," according to a source. "Due to protocols at the hospital, King's three sons have been unable to visit him." King is what experts would call "high risk" because of medical issues like diabetes, and a history of lung cancer and heart attacks. How to know if you might be infected? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
You've Lost Your Sense of Taste or Smell
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has called this a "telltale" sign of COVID-19, because it's so unusual. According to Harvard Health: "Our findings indicate that the novel coronavirus changes the sense of smell in patients not by directly infecting neurons but by affecting the function of supporting cells," said senior study author Sandeep Robert Datta, associate professor of neurobiology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS.
You Have a Fever
A temperature of 100.4 degrees of higher can be a cause for concern; fever is often the first symptom of COVID-19, although it may not necessarily appear. "In my case, I'm 69 years old," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News of his bout with coronavirus. "I know a lot of people think I don't look that old, but I am, and I have a number of comorbidities. Because of the comorbidities, I couldn't mount an appropriate antibody response and I deteriorated very rapidly," he said. "Fevers, chills, couldn't even keep water down, aches coughing respiratory problems….I think we need to emphasize that there are certain people in our society who are vulnerable," he said.
You Have a Cough—Especially a Dry Cough
A COVID cough does not traditionally produce phlegm. The NHS also says a warning sign is "coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual."
You Have Muscle Aches
COVID can cause aches and pains in your muscles, tendons and joints. You may remember King's fellow talk show host Ellen DeGeneres described "bad" back pain. "One thing they don't tell you is you get, somehow, excruciating back pain," the talk show host said in the video. "Didn't know that was a symptom, but I talked to some other people—back pain."
The Symptoms Go On
"People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness," says the CDC. "Symptoms may appear 2-14 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
This list does not include all possible symptoms." Contact your medical professional if you have any of the symptoms you've read about here, get tested if you do, 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.