If you’re not feeling well, you’ll want to know as soon as possible if you have coronavirus so you can take steps to avoid spreading it to those around you.
The first step is knowing what the symptoms are. Especially if you have the first four below, consult your doctor or get tested.
But keep in mind, just because you have some or all of these symptoms doesn’t mean you necessarily have COVID-19. Other viral respiratory illnesses such as flu can carry similar symptoms. Only testing can confirm what’s ailing you.
9 Coronavirus Signs to Look For
- Fever. This is not necessarily the first symptom to appear, but it is the most common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that up to 98% of hospitalized coronavirus patients have an above-normal temperature. It’s usually 100.4 or higher.
- Cough. This is the next most common symptom. The virus first attacks the upper respiratory tract…the mouth, nose, larynx, and bronchi (the airways that lead to the lungs). This leads to a dry cough. The CDC has found that up to 82% of hospitalized coronavirus patients have this symptom.
- Shortness of breath. This is also a result of the initial upper respiratory tract infection. It can become worse if the infection gets into the lungs and causes pneumonia.
- Digestive problems. New research shows this is a more prevalent COVID-19 sign than previously thought. Digestive symptoms are the top complaint for nearly half of patients. The most common are diarrhea and lack of appetite. Less common are stomachache and vomiting. Patients tend to have a combination of more than one of these.
The following symptoms aren’t as common. They are significant only if you have them along with the symptoms above. On their own, they probably don’t indicate that you have coronavirus.
- Runny nose.
- Sore throat.
- Body aches and pains.
It should be noted that research has found that up to 20% of people with the coronavirus show no symptoms. That’s a big part of why it spreads so easily—a lot of people walking around not knowing they’re passing the disease to others.
If you think you might have coronavirus:
- Stay home and separate yourself from others as much as possible. Try to use a separate bathroom and bedroom if possible.
- Wear a facemask. If you don’t have one, tie a handkerchief across your nose and mouth.
- Be sure to cover coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid sharing household items. Stay out of the kitchen if possible. Have someone bring you food.
- Clean surfaces you touch. 
Many of us will be on hyperalert in the coming months for signs that we or our loved ones have the virus. It’s crucial to know exactly what to look for.
Editor’s Note: Now more than ever, you need to know about “infinite immunity.” It’s a recent Nobel Prize-winning discovery that gives your body the power to fight off most infections. You can find out more by reading our monthly journal, Independent Healing. Go HERE.