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New COVID-19 Symptoms to Look Out For

Verified By Apollo Pulmonologist April 26, 2021 80275 0
New symptoms of COVID-19
New symptoms of COVID-19

As we keep on acquiring new information on COVID-19, we can see that the situation which should have been under control by now is nowhere near it. Every day, COVID-19 is in the news, showing new symptoms or variants affecting the human race. Thus, we need to reacquaint ourselves with all the essential information we can get regarding the spread, the second wave, or new variants. As we know how COVID-19 has impacted people of all ages and how drastically it is mutating, we should not forget the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.

About coronavirus

By now, everyone knows what coronavirus is, and many of us have experienced it ourselves. Coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV2, is a type of virus that causes ailments like a common cold, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). This virus was discovered in 2019 in China. It has since lashed throughout the world, causing several medical and economic changes

New symptoms of COVID-19

The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has really hit the nation hard. The steep rise in the number of cases every day has brought with it a sense of panic and confusion among the general public. It has also been reported that the new mutant strains of the virus that causes Covid-19 infection exhibits some new symptoms. 

This is a compiled list of new symptoms that can indicate Covid-19 in an infected individual. However, please do not be alarmed. Since these symptoms could have a number of different causes, we urge you to consult your physician and have yourself tested.

  • Loss of hearing: Loss of hearing has been reported in individuals with mild, moderate as well as severe Covid-19 infection. Since the beginning of the recent second wave of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, hearing loss has been confirmed as a new symptom. 
  • Pink eye/Conjunctivitis: The new mutant strain of COVID-19 in India has been observed to affect the eyes as well, with sudden bouts of conjunctivitis. Unlike regular conjunctivitis, this disease will only affect one eye but it may also cause irritation and sensitivity to light in the other. 
  • Extreme weakness: Weakness and fatigue continue to be symptoms of COVID-19 in the second wave as well. 
  • Gastrointestinal tract: It is obvious that any disturbance to our main digestion organs can hamper our all over health. Symptoms of GI tract infections may indicate COVID-19 infection, and this includes vomiting, abdominal pain, loose stools and hunger as well. 
  • Bone-dry mouth and reduced secretion of saliva: Yet again a similar symptom like the older variant of COVID-19, oral manifestations of this disease can include dryness, changes in colour and texture of your tongue, sore blisters, difficulty in eating and dry tongue. 
  • Severe and long-lasting headache: A very new symptom observed in the second wave of COVID-19 appears to be headache. It can continue for a long period of time and will not sober down with normal painkillers. 
  • Diarrhoea: Another new symptom, Diarrhoea has been reported to be a prominent symptom of COVID-19 during the second wave. It could last from 1 to 15 days. 
  • Rashes and skin irritation: Studies have proven that rashes on the skin in different parts of the body, such as hands and feet, also called acral rashes, are a result of the immunological response to the virus.

More About The Covid-19 New Symptoms:

CDC reinstated that direct contact with the infected person and airborne transmission is still the primary cause of COVID-19 spread. It said that any strange symptoms should not be ruled out, as it is a novel virus, you don’t know what kind of other symptoms it shows. These include hearing loss, pink eye, ear pain, or gastrointestinal disorders.

Gastrointestinal symptoms are one to look out for, as it involves the gastrointestinal tract including the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. COVID-19 can disrupt the functioning of these body parts which could lead to internal bleeding as well.

A study conducted in China stated that the pink eye is one of the possible symptoms of COVID-19, while the National Institute of Health reported that many patients are being diagnosed with oral symptoms of COVID-19, which includes dry mouth, where the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva, causing Xerostomia. This can cause mouth ulcers, lesions, or blisters on the mucous membrane. Research proclaims that this happens when the virus attacks the oral lining of your mouth and muscle fibers.

Another unusual symptom researchers are warning of is the ‘COVID-19 Tongue’, where the tongue appears white and patchy. The purpose of saliva is to protect your mouth from bacteria. But, if you are suffering from this symptom, your body cannot produce saliva, leading to extended coronavirus complexities.

Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus

The second wave of COVID-19 has taken grasp of the nation. This time, the virus has changed drastically, and doctors have been able to recognize many new variants and mutants of the coronavirus. Apart from the usual signs and symptoms, such as fever, shortness of breath, headache, body aches, cough, sore throat, loss of taste and smell, fatigue, nasal congestion and muscle soreness, there are new symptoms that have been reported. It is important that everyone is aware of the symptoms so that they are able identify and take the required treatment accordingly and avoid any further damage to their life. 

Symptoms of Corona Second Wave in India 

The sudden spike in cases began around the middle of March. There was no sign of reduction since then. With new symptoms of corona 2nd wave in India, cases have rapidly increased, reaching a daily record of more than 400,000 in the month of April. The symptoms of corona new strain in India are diverse and their effects have been devastating, especially for those already suffering from respiratory and cardiac issues. 

Covid Symptoms Day by Day

There are several countries that are dealing with the first wave of COVID-19 yet and early covid symptoms as well, but India is already going through its second wave. The spike in the number of cases has brought with it new signs and symptoms that are spreading faster than older strains. 

Unlike the last variant of COVID-19, this mutant strain is affecting people of all age groups, including children and young people, causing the same health risks and issues. It is a mix of COVID-19 first-wave symptoms as well newly recognized ones. 

Covid Symptoms in Different Age Groups 

The symptoms and effects of COVID-19 varies from different age groups which follows

Covid Symptoms in Kids

Fever, Flu-like symptoms, respiratory tract infection, digestive symptoms, changes in the sense of smell, pain, behavioural changes. 

Covid Symptoms in Babies

Cough, sore throat, runny nose, Sneezing, fever, muscle pain, moodliness, trouble in sleeping, digestive problems, shortness of breath, mild pneumonia

Covid Symptoms Among Youth

Severe headache, dry mouth, sore throat, Gastrointestinal tract infection, diarrhoea, loss of taste and smell, fever, body ache, shortness of breath, vomiting, extreme weakness.

Covid-19 Second Wave – New Variants and Symptoms

Complete List of Symptoms of Coronavirus

The new and old symptoms of COVID-19 come under the new strains of  B.1.617 and B.1. These are highly infectious strains and spread easily among the young. B.1.617 is a double mutant that came from two notable mutants. 

The complete list of symptoms of coronavirus infection is as follows:

  • Fever
  • Congestion
  • Running nose
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Body aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness

When to see a doctor

The CDC recommends that you seek immediate medical attention if you notice any unusual symptoms or changes that make it difficult to determine the cause. If you have come in contact with an infected person and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should go to your nearest COVID-19 center. Other emergency signs to look out for are:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain
  • Strange pressure in the chest
  • Chills
  • Persistent hiccups
  • Unusual skin tone

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Treatment of COVID-19

Currently, there is no cure available for COVID-19. All you have to do is take preventive measures, practice social distancing, wear masks, sanitize properly, and eat healthy food to boost immunity. Even if you have been vaccinated, you still have to practice social distancing to keep yourself away from the deadly virus.

The new variants are drastic, and as the research is still going on to treat this novel virus, you have to be extra careful with the way you live.


COVID-19 is spreading immensely across the globe. The only ways to keep yourself safe is by following all government-laid safety protocols. Since this is a novel virus, its hazardousness is still unknown, especially for citizens who have pre-existing respiratory or cardiac problems.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are COVID-19’s new variants spreading rapidly?

The new variants are spreading rapidly because of direct or indirect contact with the affected by not following social distancing norms and all other safety protocols. COVID-19 spreads through droplets or aerosols that remain active in the air for seven minutes. So, anyone coming in contact with the droplets can be exposed to COVID-19.

How do I know I’m at risk?

COVID can be symptomatic or asymptomatic, so if an infected person coughs or touches you, you are at high risk. Also, being in direct contact with an infected person is a risk factor. There are higher chances of risk if the exposure time is more than 15 min.

Why do only some people get infected with COVID-19?

The confounding aspects of COVID-19 are, it strikes people differently, where one can be seriously ill, while the other can be perfectly fine. The reason is that interferons help your body to fight such deadly viruses. Interferons are a nonspecific immune defense mechanism that helps in fighting such invaders. Some people have a strong presence of interferons, while others have mild.

What are the symptoms of the new COVID-19 strains?

Loss of hearing, extreme weakness, dry mouth, skin rashes and irritation are among the new symptoms of COVID-19 variant strain. 

Is the new Covid strain more dangerous?

The new strain spreads faster, is heavily infectious and has the potential to be highly dangerous for every one of us. If you notice any symptom, seek medical attention immediately. 

Is Covid 19 new variant symptoms more difficult to diagnose?

The new variant of COVID-19 infection shows other than typical symptoms as compared to the ones everyone is aware of by now. It is best to get tested as soon as you find the slightest sign of a symptom or suspect an infection, especially if there is a high chance that you have been exposed to the contagion. 

Will the vaccines work against the new Covid strain?

Scientists believe that the vaccines will work for all variants of COVID-19 virus as they develop antibodies and immunity in a human body. 

Why New Covid-19 strains spreading fast among the youth?

Since the infection has got different characteristics and variants, it is affecting the youth more prominently as compared to the first wave. 

Is a hoarse voice a symptom of COVID-19?

A hoarse voice may be related to a throat infection; hence, getting tested is the best option to confirm is one is carrying the infection. 

What is the difference between previous and new Covid 19 Symptoms?

The new strain is spreading faster, is highly contagious and shows newer symptoms that are difficult to recognize at first. 

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