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COVID-19 symptoms: Seven signs you should get a test

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

The madness of King George is well known -- but it wasn't until 2005 that researchers discovered his symptoms of a rare inherited metabolic disorder were aggravated by arsenic in medication he was taking.

Knowing what symptoms are associated with a disease is essential so you can know if you should see a doctor -- and for a doc, it's essential for making an accurate diagnosis. That's just as true for COVID-19 as for a rare disease.

Most folks think fever, loss of taste and coughing or breathing issues are the warning signs that should send them for a COVID-19 test. But a new study out of England found that 31% of people with COVID-19 don't have those three symptoms early on when they're most infectious.

The researchers want everyone to know that fatigue, sore throat, headache and diarrhea are also symptoms. Writing in the Journal of Infection, they say if folks were tested for COVID-19 when they had any of those seven symptoms, well, those tests would catch 96% of symptomatic cases!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Federal Emergency Management Agency's advice is similar. They say people with a cough or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing should be tested. Ditto if a person has at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

The bottom line: If you have these symptoms, get tested pronto. Google "Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19" to find a nearby testing location.



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c)2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.



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