Note that losing your senses of smell and taste can also happen with other respiratory infections. But if it’s COVID-19, you have several clues, including:
- Losing your sense of smell suddenly
- Only experiencing loss of smell and taste. That means you don’t have other symptoms of respiratory infections.
Please keep in mind that the COVID-related loss of smell and taste may last anywhere from a few days to months.
3. You Had Diarrhea Along With Your Flu-Like Symptoms
Diarrhea or loose bowel movement is a common symptom, mainly if you ate something that irritated your gastrointestinal tract or contracted an infection, such as gastroenteritis.
However, it can also be one of the signs you already had COVID-19, primarily if it occurred with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, headache, fatigue, body aches, coughing, and loss of smell and taste.
Finally, note that besides diarrhea, someone who had COVID may also experience other gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. There are also reports saying some COVID patients experienced nothing else but gastrointestinal symptoms.
4. You Have Lingering Cough or Fatigue or Both
We might feel like COVID has affected us for a very long time now, but the reality of it is that it’s still a new disease. That’s why scientists are still studying its long-term effects.
The US CDC reported that 43% of people who contracted COVID experienced persistent cough (usually dry or without phlegm) 14 to 21 days after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. Meanwhile, 35% of the participants also experienced lingering fatigue.