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Main COVID-19 symptoms have changed

COVID-19 has always had a well-known list of symptoms since its spread in 2020, but those have changed.

covid-19 patients with positive tests report symptoms have changed

Patients have reported that they had a lot of cold or flu-like symptoms when coming down with the virus.

With COVID-19 being a virus, it has evolved, and what your symptoms are can change based on whether or not you’re vaccinated.

What are the new symptoms associated with COVID-19 infections?

According to the ZOE Health Study, there are new symptoms being reported by patients falling ill with the virus.

According to My Twin Tiers, there were three different groups studied. These groups included fully vaccinated, those with one dose of the vaccine, and those who are unvaccinated.

Four of the five most common symptoms have stayed the same. These include sore throat, runny nose, cough, and headache.

The severity of symptoms changes from group to group, along with the fifth symptom.

Vaccinated patients report a blocked nose as the most common fifth symptom. For partially vaccinated patients that symptom is sneezing, and for unvaccinated it’s fever.


Groups of COVID-19 patients and their symptoms ranked from most commonly reported to least commonly reported

These symptoms are the top five reported in each group, from most to least common.

Fully vaccinated

  1. Sore throat
  2. Runny nose
  3. Blocked nose
  4. Persistent cough
  5. Headache

Partially vaccinated

  1. Headache
  2. Runny nose
  3. Sore throat
  4. Sneezing
  5. Persistent cough

Unvaccinated

  1. Headache
  2. Sore throat
  3. Runny nose
  4. Fever
  5. Persistent cough

The fully vaccinated group is seeing symptoms that were more common at the start of the pandemic less often now. This includes loss of smell, fever, and shortness of breath. Unvaccinated patients are reporting these symptoms less as well when they come down with COVID-19.

People with the vaccines are sneezing more than people who haven’t. This is different because sneezing was never reported as a symptom of COVID-19 before now.

Chills, shivers, and stomach aches are being reported less than they were before as well.


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