Why You Should Take Symptoms of COVID-19 Seriously

Natasha Bhuyan, MD, a family practitioner and regional medical director of One Medical, explained that most patients do run a fever, but it’s hard to nail down an accurate statistic. “Research of laboratory confirmed cases shows that 88 percent of patients with COVID-19 have a fever; however, that number might not be accurate,” Dr. Bhuyan said. “We know there are many mild cases of COVID-19 that are never confirmed with testing, since the person may not seek medical care and recover on their own. As a result, the number of people with COVID-19 who have a fever might be lower than 88 percent.”

Young woman sick at home.

If you’ve read much about COVID-19, you know that fever, cough, and shortness of breath are hallmarks of the disease. But while many people will run a fever – for as long as a week or more – it’s possible to contract the virus and never see a spike in your temperature.

“You can definitely have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, without fever,” David Cutler, MD, a family medicine physician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, told POPSUGAR. In fact, many people who are infected experience no symptoms at all, while many others have only mild symptoms, which may or may not include a fever.

While it’s unclear why some people never run a fever – or develop one later in the course of the virus – it’s important to recognize that you can be infected and even contagious without it. If you’re experiencing other symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor, who can help you determine your next steps and serve as a resource as you recover.

Remember, even if you have no symptoms, you should continue to follow best practices like social distancing and wearing a cloth mask in public. Those who are asymptomatic can unknowingly contribute to the spread of the virus. “This is one reason the disease travels so fast and so far,” Dr. Cutler said.

In Case You Forgot, Here’s a Refresher on John Krasinski’s Fate in A Quiet Place

Beacon of light John Krasinski is now the host of his homemade YouTube channel Some Good News. Before SGN, the beloved actor was set to release A Quiet Place Part II, the follow-up to his film where his character Lee Abbott faced very bad news. Need a refresher on Lee’s unfortunate fate? We’ve got you covered – just be wary of making any sudden noise or movement.

A QUIET PLACE, John Krasinski, 2018. ph: Jonny Cournoyer / Paramount /Courtesy Everett Collection

First, let’s revisit the premise of the story. Uncannily enough, A Quiet Place begins around the year 2020, when alien monsters wipe out most of humanity by attacking anything that makes noises. Adopting a survivalist lifestyle, Lee and his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) live on a farm with their two children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe). Regan is deaf and blames herself for her brother Beau’s death, as she handed him the loud toy that caused a monster to kill him. This becomes a source of tension between her and Lee. Still, it’s clear that Lee still loves her, as he spends his time trying to perfect a hearing aid for her.

Anyway, the end really begins with Evelyn giving birth to another child. As Lee helps his wife, the children hide in a corn silo, where one of the creatures approach them. Regan figures out that the monster hates the high-frequency feedback sound made by her cochlear implant when it approaches her. Though they reunite with their father, the monster attacks Lee. While he and Regan take refuge in an old truck, Marcus shouts out for his dad, which temporarily reroutes the creature. But their father isn’t done yet. Dropping his ax, Lee signs to Regan that he loves her, then lets out a scream to direct the monster toward him and save his kids. The creature kills Lee right there and then – cue all of the not-so-quiet sobbing.

Back at their house, Regan cranks up the feedback sound made by her implant with a microphone. This weakens the monster, which lets Evelyn kill it with a shotgun. While we’ll see him in flashbacks, it’s not likely that Lee is still alive in the sequel. But we’ll be looking forward to Krasinski’s return as the director – and maybe even as an alien.

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