Is just a runny nose a symptom of COVID?

A runny nose could be a symptom of COVID-19
During the recent winter wave, we noticed that a runny nose was the second most commonly reported symptom in the app after headaches. And nearly 60% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 with loss of smell also reported having a runny nose.


What are some of the first symptoms of COVID-19?

Early symptoms reported by some people include fatigue, headache, sore throat or fever. Others experience a loss of smell or taste. COVID-19 can cause symptoms that are mild at first, but then become more intense over five to seven days, with worsening cough and shortness of breath.

Can sneezing be a symptom of COVID-19?


While sneezing and coughing may not always be linked to a serious illness, they can be symptoms of the flu and COVID-19. Protect others around you by practicing proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.



What are some of the most common symptoms of the COVID-19 Omicron variant?


The four most common symptoms of the omicron variant are cough, fatigue, congestion and runny nose, according to a CDC analysis of the first 43 cases investigated in the U.S. The CDC's list of COVID-19 symptoms includes fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting.



What do I do if I have mild symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have milder symptoms like a fever, shortness of breath, or coughing: Stay home unless you need medical care. If you do need to go in, call your doctor or hospital first for guidance. Tell your doctor about your illness.


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Can I recover at home if I have symptoms of COVID-19?


If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you are sick:

  • Keep track of your symptoms.
  • If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), call 911.




What medication should I take for mild COVID-19 symptoms?


If you are worried about your symptoms, the Coronavirus Self-Checker can assist in the decision to seek care. You can treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), to help you feel better. Learn more about what to do if you are sick.



How long are people experiencing omicron COVID-19 symptoms?


“It has become apparent that omicron generally leads to milder symptoms for the most part,” Dr. Bahmanpour says. “And symptoms usually last 5 to 10 days, which is shorter than previous variants, which could last up to 14 days.”



Should I be worried about getting the COVID-19 Omicron variant?


While some have suggested that most people will eventually get the coronavirus, you should do your best to avoid infection with Omicron—there is no justification for deliberately getting infected so you have what you think will be a mild illness that will provide you with more immunity going forward, the doctors say.



Are the symptoms the same for the delta variant as COVID-19?

Delta variant symptoms are the same The symptoms of the Delta variant appear to be the same as the original version of COVID-19. However, physicians are seeing people getting sicker quicker, especially for younger people.

Are allergy symptoms associated with COVID-19?


Whilst the main symptoms of COVID-19 are not typically associated with the symptoms of allergies, there are cases where additional symptoms may develop such as hives/rashes, coughing/sneezing, runny nose, pinkeye or blueish toes (COVID toes), that can develop which have some overlap with allergy symptoms.



What recommendations are there for when you sneeze or cough during COVID-19 pandemic?

• If you are wearing a mask: You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as
soon as possible and wash your hands.
• If you are not wearing a mask:
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of
your elbow and do not spit.



What is the difference between a sinus infection and a COVID-19 infection?

People with COVID-19 and viral sinus infections may share similar symptoms, like congestion, sore throat, or cough. COVID-19 is much more serious than a sinus infection, though, and can be deadly. Both types of infections can be prevented through social distancing, masking, and frequent handwashing. If you have any symptoms that could be due to COVID-19, don’t try to self-diagnose. The best course of action is to get a test and self-isolate until you get a result.


When do symptoms of the coronavirus disease typically start?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

How late can symptoms of COVID-19 infection start?

Most people with symptoms had them by day 12. And most of the other ill people were sick by day 14. In rare cases, symptoms can show up after 14 days. Researchers think this happens with about 1 out of every 100 people.

How long does it take to show symptoms after you have been exposed to COVID-19?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If you have fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19.

Does the Omicron COVID-19 variant cause more severe disease?


Omicron infection generally causes less severe disease than infection with prior variants. Preliminary data suggest that Omicron may cause more mild disease, although some people may still have severe disease, need hospitalization, and could die from the infection with this variant.



Does the COVID-19 Omicron variant spreads more easily?


New variants of the virus are expected to occur. Slowing the spread of the virus, by protecting yourself and others, can help slow the emergence of new variants. The Omicron variant causes more infections and spreads faster than the original SARS-CoV-2 strain of the virus that causes COVID-19.



Is there a difference in spread between the Omicron and Delta COVID-19 variant?


The Omicron variant spreads more easily than earlier variants of the virus that cause COVID-19, including the Delta variant. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection, regardless of vaccination status or whether or not they have symptoms, can spread the virus to others.



How long does it take to recover from COVID-19?

Fortunately, people who have mild to moderate symptoms typically recover in a few days or weeks.

How long does it take to get better from COVID-19?

Those with a mild case of COVID-19 usually recover in one to two weeks. For severe cases, recovery can take six weeks or more, and for some, there may be lasting symptoms with or without damage to the heart, kidneys, lungs and brain.



Is lower back pain associated with the omicron COVID-19 variant?


A report from South Africa's largest health insurer found that a sore throat, congestion, dry cough and lower back pain ranked among the most common early omicron symptoms.



Can ibuprofen worsen the symptons of the coronavirus disease?

CDC is currently not aware of scientific evidence establishing a link between NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen) and worsening of COVID‑19.

What is a good way to hydrate if I have COVID-19?


Stay hydrated. “Drink at least 64 to 70 ounces of water every day.” To replace lost electrolytes — which can happen through fever-induced sweating, for example — you may want to consider a half-and-half mixture of water and an electrolyte-rich sports drink, such as Gatorade or Powerade.



Can taking vitamin D prevent COVID-19?

Vitamin D is thought to have protective effects on the immune system, but it’s not yet known whether it could help prevent or treat COVID-19. New research has noted higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death in areas where people have lower levels of vitamin D in their system. But those studies show an association – not that low vitamin D makes someone more likely to get COVID-19. Research is ongoing.