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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."

According to the official government website, those less obvious symptoms include:

  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

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.

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."

Lead photo by

Christian Erfurt

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