What Are COVID-19’s First Symptoms?

March 3, 2021

What Are COVID-19’s First Symptoms?- AFC Urgent Care

COVID-19 cases are notoriously known to differ from each other in some way, but there are still symptoms that are prevalent in the majority of cases.

Additionally, recent studies have shown that COVID-19 symptoms often occur in a certain order. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail provides some helpful info!

What Are Typically the First Symptoms?

According to recent research from the University of Southern California, the typical first symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and muscle pain, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Additionally, USC’s recent studies showed that the flu generally starts with a cough, while a fever is usually the first COVID-19 symptom. If you experience a fever or any of the below-mentioned COVID-19 symptoms, schedule a COVID-19 test at our AFC center right away.

Common COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Is Back Pain a Typical COVID-19 Symptom?

Back pain due to COVID-19 is grouped in with general muscle aches or pains, which the CDC lists as an official symptom. The reason why this happens is because your body’s immune system, when fighting off harmful bacteria and viruses, becomes inflamed.

While back pain can be a COVID-19 symptom, it’s not a highly common initial symptom. We’ve listed some other reasons why you might be experiencing back pain below.

Common Causes of Back Pain

  • Pulled muscle or tendon
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Injured, herniated and ruptured discs
  • Stress
  • Fibromyalgia

COVID-19 is an extremely trick sickness. If you experience any of its first symptoms or have been dealing with unusual back pain, don’t wait to reach our to our team at AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail! We’re here for you during these trying times and always.

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