When people found out that I had contracted and eventually recovered from COVID-19, many of them had a lot of questions. Where did you get it? How did you know you had it? What is the test like? What symptoms did you have? Knowing you've been exposed, getting tested, and isolating is key in stopping the spread of the virus. So what are the symptoms you need to look out for? CBS is reporting that a new study has found that most people's symptoms have fallen into 6 groups.

  1. Like the flu, but no fever. Loss of appetite, hoarseness, headaches, loss of smell, couch, and a sore throat.
  2. Like the flu, WITH a fever. Headaches, loss of smell, hoarseness, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, but no cough.
  3. Gastrointestinal issues. Headaches, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, and chest pain. But no cough.
  4. Severe Level One. Fatigue is one of the worst symptoms. Plus headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, and muscle pain.
  5. Severe Level Two. A feeling of confusion, headaches, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, and muscle pain.
  6. Severe Level Three. Everything from level 2, plus abdominal pain, breathing issues, and diarrhea.

If I had to put myself in one of those groups, I'd say I was most like #2. All of that sums up my symptoms, but I also did have a cough to go along with it. What was also strange is I didn't have all of the symptoms at the same time. Some I had early while others happened later.

The bottom line is if you feel any of the above symptoms, or have knowingly been around someone who has tested positive, get to a doctor right away and get tested. If you're positive, isolate for 10 days minimum to help stop the spread.