Coronavirus symptoms: The three lesser known warning symptoms of COVID-19

Coronavirus latest updates include 616 victims announced today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the UK to 18,763 with the number increasing almost hourly. In latest news, another 4,583 people have tested positive for the deadly virus in the past 24 hours, meaning 138,078 cases have now been diagnosed. The government initially hoped to keep the number of COVID-19 victims below the 20,000 mark, however recent worrying trends suggest this is unlikely and will more than likely hit that number by Sunday. In a slight positive twist of latest news, it has also been declared that deaths and infections seem to be hitting a plateau. Being vigilant of potential symptoms is still extremely important and experiencing any of these three unusual signs could mean a possible infection.


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Red or sore eyes

For a person experiencing sore eyes it could be a warning of a potential COVID-19 infection.

To describe the feeling of pain felt in the eyes, one could compare it with an itchiness or irritation that would be felt on the face.

The feeling has been compared to symptoms of hay fever or other allergies.

The kind of itchiness and irritation is also similar to when a person is in a dusty environment, or around mould or smog.

The only difference between eye pain from coronavirus and allergies or hay fever is the fact that the virus triggers this symptom and not an external factor like in the case with pets or pollen in the air.

A nurse from Washington described how red eyes could also be a lesser known symptom of COVID-19.

Chelsey Earnest, who works at the Life Center in Kirkland said: “It’s something that I witnessed in all of the patients. They have, like….allergy eyes [sic].

“The white part of the eye is not red. It’s more like they have red eye shadow on the outside of their eyes.

“We’ve had patients that just had the red eyes as the only symptom that we saw and go to the hospital and passed away.

“I’ve even had the disaster medical control physician ask if they have red eyes and I will say ‘yes’.

“And he’ll say ‘I’ll find you a bed’, it’s just something about this, the way that it affects these patients.”

Mental fatigue

Mental fatigue could be down to various reasons and it does not always entirely mean a possible COVID-19 infection.

However, many sufferers of coronavirus reported a symptom of extreme mental fatigue before being diagnosed with the deadly bug.

Thea Jourdan spoke to The Daily Mail and said she first thought she may have been infected when she got a tickle in her throat followed by a headache.

The mum-of-three then began to experience a very unusual brain fog.


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Thea said: “Initially I felt exhausted, as if I was dragging myself through a treacle and had no choice but to go to my bed.

“I had no meaningful cough and I wasn’t running a fever.

“But I had a peculiar sensation of something settling deep within my lungs, almost like breathing in talcum powder.”

These unusual symptoms sparked Thea’s worry about a possible COVID-19 infection.

Physical fatigue

A common symptom which has been reported by many COVID-19 patients but remains a lesser known symptom is physical fatigue.

Physical fatigue is often a side effect when one is ill with either a cold, flu or virus.

Often doctors will advise one to get plenty of rest, however this is not always feasible when suffering with COVID-19 due to the other symptoms including a persistent cough and shortness of breath making sleep difficult.

Jaimuay Sae-ung, 73, was the first Thai national to contract coronavirus in December last year.

Sae-ung had no previous underlying health conditions but became extremely ill.

The mum-of-seven told Sky News: “I only knew I had coronavirus after I came to the hospital.

“I felt a bit sad, a bit shocked, tired and fatigued and I couldn’t eat.”

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