More teens were hospitalized in the second wave of COVID-19 than in the first. Although asymptomatic coronavirus carriers exist, many young people could still experience symptoms. They range from mild to severe in teens.
Here are fourteen potential coronavirus symptoms in teens:
Symptom #1: Fever
A fever is the most noticeable coronavirus symptom in teens. This symptom is easy to detect and a lot of people have within their power to monitor. A fever is when one’s body temperature rises above 99.7 Fahrenheit.
A fever isn’t guaranteed with coronavirus, but it is a sure sign that something’s happening in the body. You can usually detect this symptom with a COVID 19 screening tool.
Symptom #2: Cough
A dry cough is the second most common coronavirus symptom in teens. A dry cough is sort of like a coughing where nothing comes. You’re not coughing because of phlegm or mucus.
If you are, it’s a wet cough and not a dry cough. A dry cough usually stems from allergies, indoor air treatment, or a virus, and can be trigged by a virus, GERD, asthma, or smoking.
Symptom #3: Headache
Headache is one of the least common COVID-19 symptoms in teens but is important to know exists. After fever, cough, muscle aches, and trouble breathing, headaches are the next most-common symptom. Headaches tied to coronavirus can be difficult to diagnose as originating from the virus as opposed to having another cause.
Symptom #4: Sore Throat
A sore throat occurs in roughly 1 in 10 coronavirus patients and is not so common. Once in quarantine and the infection dissipates, a sore throat is likely to disappear after 5-6 days.
Accompanying a sore throat may be things like body aches, fatigue, and chills. A sore throat is treatable with common over-the-counter medications or even a cup of tea.
Symptom #5: Body Aches
Body aches, aka muscle aches, can occur from the fatigue that sometimes accompanies coronavirus. If your muscle feels tender to the touch or there is pain in movement, it is likely a sensitization of the nervous system to pain which can accompany COVID-19.
Once again, numerous medications over-the-counter can help minimize some of the aches. The best recommendation is to get tested, stay off your feet, and eat right.
Symptom #6: Fatigue
Fatigue is a lack of energy. If you feel tiredness, sluggish, or weakness, it could be a sign of anything. Don’t panic. It can be a sign of coronavirus, however. If there are other symptoms present, contact a health authority to have a test.
Symptom #7: Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis, aka pink eye, is an inflammation of the membrane that lines an eyelid or eyeball. Believe it or not, pink eye can be a sign of coronavirus in some teens.
The virus has been reported to cause some strange inflammation around the eye and so this is something the WHO recommends monitoring.
Symptom #8: Congestion or Runny Nose
Yes, congestion and runny nose are symptoms of coronavirus in teens. This illustrates how tough it’s trying to distinguish between COVID-19 and colds, flus, or allergies. If congestion or a runny nose is accompanied by other symptoms, ensure you get a coronavirus test.
Symptom #9: Skin Rashes
Skin inflammation is another coronavirus symptom in some teens. A ‘coronavirus rash’ as it’s termed can range from itchy bumps to patchy rashes, chickenpox-like blisters, a large patch, and/or round spots across the skin. It is most common to see these on the toes or fingers, accompanied by itchiness.
Symptom #10: Stomach Aches
Coronavirus in teens can cause a wide range of stomach and digestion issues. This may be symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, all-out vomiting, or a general stomach ache. These sort of gastrointestinal problems can be easily tackled with over-the-counter medications.
Symptom #11: Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is what a lot of people look out for, however, they usually present in more advanced cases. It is relatively rare in comparison with other symptoms. What a shortness of breath feels like is sort of like being hungry for air or like you can’t get enough oxygen.
Symptom #12: Loss of Smell or Taste
The loss of taste and smell is a major symptom of coronavirus in teens. Loss of taste and smell oftentimes occurs suddenly. They can also last for an extended period of time and in some examples, have proven to take months to dissipate.
Within 2-3 weeks, half of people with coronavirus with these symptoms have their smell and taste return.
Symptom #13: Loss of Speech or Movement
Some COVID-19 patients early on were noted to show signs of strokes and seizures before a significant worsening of symptoms. In teens, the risk is low but still present.
A loss of speech or movement is a big worrying sign. If someone experiences these issues, get to a hospital immediately.
Symptom #14: Coated Tongue
We are still understanding coronavirus and how it works in the body. In some teens, they experience a coated tongue or what’s called a ‘COVID tongue’.
This is essentially patches and ulcers in the mouth, usually patches appearing across the tongue. Fortunately, if this is a coronavirus symptom for you, rest assured that the tongue and mouth cavity will return to normal after a few weeks.