Canada's top doctor warns the public about lesser-known COVID-19 symptoms
COVID-19 symptoms: let's talk about them, Canada. Sure, you know it's a bad sign if you're coughing, but there are lesser-known symptoms, too — and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is reminding you to pay attention to them.
"Early on, it was known that a typical symptomatic case of COVID-19 may present with cough, fever and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing," Tam said in a statement on Thursday.
"But over time, it has become clear that there are other commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 infection."
3/3 Early on, it was known that a typical symptomatic case of #COVID19 may present with cough, fever and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, but over time, it’s become clear that there are other commonly reported symptoms.— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) July 23, 2020
According to the official government website, those less obvious symptoms include:
In children, Tam warns that abdominal symptoms, and skin changes or rashes can also be indicative of COVID-19.
That being said, all of the hypochondriacs out there that feel tired and immediately assume they have COVID-19 may want to try having a nap before they rush off to get tested.
do you get one mild symptom of covid-19, start over-analysing that symptom, then get convinced by your anxiety and stress that you have other symptoms and make yourself feel even more ill when in reality you just didn’t drink enough water today, or are you normal— inabber (@iNabber69) July 19, 2020
However, as Tam points out, it's important to monitor for all of the COVID-19 symptoms in case you need to self-isolate — and it's always better to be safe than sorry.
"It is vitally important that anyone experiencing symptoms, even if mild, stay home and isolate themselves from others," Tam said. "Everyone needs to be aware of the type and range of symptoms to look out for and to monitor our health closely."
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