Muscle pain, pain is now among the top COVID symptoms

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the study’s conclusions on COVID symptoms. We regret the mistake.

KSNF/KODE – According to the ZOE Health Study (a healthcare company that claims to power the “world’s largest COVID science project with over four million participants”) their latest data finds that the key symptoms reported by contributors with positive Reported COVID tests are as follows:

  • Sore throat
  • A runny nose
  • A stuffy nose
  • Sneeze
  • A cough without phlegm

The ZOE health study reportedly only listed the five most common symptoms. But over time, the health sciences company said its COVID research showed these symptoms change frequently. Some reasons are the introduction of vaccines and the emergence of new variants.

Now, the ZOE Health Study has decided to report the top ten symptoms they claim are staying more stable. These symptoms include:

  • headache
  • A cough with phlegm
  • A hoarse voice
  • muscle aches and pains
  • An altered sense of smell

A publication in the National Journal of Medicine reports that muscle pain (also known as myalgia) can be the initial symptom of 36% of patients with COVID-19.

Loss of smell and taste, high fever and shortness of breath were considered the “classic” symptoms when COVID was first discovered. But with the advent of Omicron and increased vaccination coverage, the symptoms associated with the infection changed. Commonly reported symptoms include a sore throat, runny nose, headache, and fatigue.

Now it seems that COVID-related symptoms are becoming more numerous, with more than 1/4 of patients reporting their onset symptoms as stabbing pains in shoulders and legs, commonly known as myalgia.

Essentially, myalgia is a condition where the muscles in your body start to hurt. You have pain in your muscles, especially in the joints. This pain can be excruciating or mild depending on how well your body’s immunity is fighting the infection. People often experience myalgia in their shoulders and legs.

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Also known as “COVID-related muscle pain”, this simply attacks your movement and causes discomfort. Myalgia can be associated with both long-term and short-term pain. You don’t necessarily have to feel this pain only when you move your body. It could also occur while you are resting. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, it is always best to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Muscle pain, pain is now among the top COVID symptoms

Dais Johnston

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