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Covid-19 is still as infectious as ever. The CDC has already listed all the common coronavirus symptoms and it seems pretty straightforward.

Nevertheless, as a matter of fact all of them overlap with many other common diseases, and viruses, it could be a little difficult to know whether you are suffering from coronavirus or something else.

“There are many symptoms that are possible symptoms of COIVD-19 but they can also be symptoms of other problems,” said Matthew Cook, MD, founder of BioReset Medical.

Here are ten signs of Coronavirus that might look like you have Covid-19.

Irritated Eyes

“While this may be true, dry air, dust, seasonal allergies, and sun exposure are very common causes of irritated eyes,” explained Dr. Cook, who highlighted that this is a much more likely scenario than coronavirus.

“Patients can also have irritated eyes from food sensitivities, from the common cold and also from bacterial and viral infections,” he added. 

Shortness of Breath

It is a more rare symptom of Covid, affects around 12 percent of people infected.

And according to the doctor:

“Shortness of breath can be caused by asthmatic changes, heart conditions including heart failure, and by a relatively extreme response to seasonal allergies and food allergies.”

High Fever

Around four in ten people who have symptoms of Covid have a high temperature.

As explained by Dr. Cook:

“A fever is often an attempt by the immune system to increase the temperature of the body so that the temperature helps the body fight the infection.”

“Often a virus other than the coronavirus or a bacterial infection can be the cause of a fever.”

Other causes may include heat exhaustion and heat exposure. 


People who have Covid often explain feeling completely wiped out during their illness, sleeping for hours on end.

According to him:

“Viral infections can cause fatigue and it’s common that viral infections other than COVID-19 can also cause it. These include chronic infections such as Epstein Barr virus as well as other viral infections—one of the more common is cytomegalovirus. Chronic infections and stealth infections are very common causes of fatigue. These include gastrointestinal parasitic infections, gastrointestinal dysbiosis, high levels of mold and mycotoxins in the body, and chronic infections such as Lyme disease.” 

Loss of Taste and Smell

During covid infection, food may also completely lose its taste, or taste different and Anosmia was not immediately recognized as a symptom of Covid but is one of the more common signs.

Both tend to be an earlier sign of infection, lasting around five days.

“While we know that COVID-19 can cause this, it can also be caused by a regular cold or flu, a sinus infection, a head injury, or hormonal changes,” said Dr. Cook.

“In fact, it is also commonly seen in Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease and can occasionally happen from a nutritional deficiency.”

Skin Rashes

A small number of covid patients have reported Skin Rashes, but do not forget they are much more common of other diseases—such as “gastrointestinal infections and with a broad set of symptoms that are correlated with leaky gut,” Dr. Cook highlighted.

Skin sensitivity include food sensitivities, particularly gluten or due to a dysregulated immune system, which can develop chemical sensitivities and sensitivities to detergents, soaps and cosmetics.

“We found that this is particularly true with cases of immune system problems and gastrointestinal problems,” he said.

Sometimes stress also causes skin rashes. 

Body and Muscle Pain

One in three people will suffer muscle or body pains – typically in the legs and shoulders – if they have coronavirus symptoms

Body and muscle pain can signify you are suffering from COVID-19. However, Dr. Cook said there are many other causes of body aches including dehydration, lack of sleep, and the regular flu.

“We also see these symptoms in certain chronic viral infections including Epstein Barr as well as Lyme disease,” he added.

Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea

“While COVID-19 is certainly a cause of these symptoms, the most common causes are from other problems in the gastrointestinal system,” he pointed out.

“There’s a bacteria that lives in the stomach that can cause these symptoms, it is called Helicobacter pylori. There are also two conditions where there is an overgrowth of fungus or bacteria in the small intestine. This can cause gas and bloating which can lead to upper abdominal discomfort and can also cause nausea and vomiting. These are also cases of leaky gut and uncomfortable abdomen.”  

Covid Cough

Covid cough is often detailed as dry, new, and persistent – meaning many times a day.

“While this virus is certainly known to cause cough, there are many other conditions including other viruses such as other Coronaviruses and flu viruses which can cause a cold,” Dr. Cook stated.

Acid reflux, asthma, and COPD are also common causes for a cough. 


Headaches can be one of the very first signs of the coronavirus, affecting around seven in ten adults with symptoms.

“While the virus can cause a headache, headaches are commonly caused by a wide variety of problems,” said Dr. Cook.

“Additionally, there are several classes of headaches that are intrinsic to the brain including migraine headaches and cluster headaches.”

“We sometimes see patients who have compression of the occipital nerve at the back of the head. Compression of this nerve can cause a headache that starts at the back of the neck and wraps around the head. Patients can also have problems with their sinuses that can lead to headaches.” 

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