COVID-19 can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, cough and fatigue, which are the most commonly reported.
But rarer symptoms such as dizziness should also be taken into account.
“Countless studies” from different parts of the world have shown that dizziness has occurred as a result of COVID infections, according to an article published in the National Institutes of Health of the US National Library of Medicine.
The doctors who wrote the article say the results are not surprising, given that dizziness has been linked to viral infections in the past.
“We would like to emphasize that dizziness should not be taken lightly as it has been shown to be a notable clinical manifestation in COVID-19 patients,” the authors said.
“…It is imperative that treating physicians remain vigilant, particularly when treating non-specific symptoms such as dizziness, as these can easily be overlooked,” they continued.
Not only COVID-19, but also other respiratory diseases, according to Dr. Christine Greiss, director of the concussion program at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.
Such conditions can cause swelling in the sinuses and ears, which in turn can lead to dizziness, she said.
“If an ear infection develops or the Eustachian tube, which connects the ears to the throat, becomes blocked, it can lead to dizziness,” explains Greiss.
Here is a list of other possible symptoms that COVID patients may experience:
- fever or chills
- to cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- muscle or body pain
- a headache
- New loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting