COVID-19 is a respiratory infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. More than 450 million confirmed cases have been reported worldwide, including more than 79 million cases in the United States.
Most people who develop COVID-19 experience mild symptoms that can be treated at home. Headaches and fevers are two of the most reported symptoms. Some people develop both, but many people develop one of these symptoms without the other.
Headaches are also one of the most reported long-haul COVID-19 symptoms. Although less common, some people also develop long-haul fevers.
Read on to learn more about the connection between headaches and fevers in people with COVID-19.
Headaches and fevers are two of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. It’s possible to develop a headache with or without a fever.
How common are headaches and fevers?
The reported prevalence of headaches and fevers vary between studies, and it’s possible that some COVID-19 variants cause some symptoms more often than others.
Studies have found that anywhere between
Is there a connection between headaches and fevers?
It’s thought that an increase of pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines could contribute to the development of both fevers and headaches. Researchers are still trying to figure out if people who develop one of these symptoms are more likely to develop the other.
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- body aches
- loss of smell
Contrary to these findings, a
Likewise, in another
Headaches with or without a fever can be a long-haul symptom of COVID-19. More people seem to develop headaches as a long-haul symptom than fevers.
Among the people in the 15 studies included in the review, more than 80 percent developed at least one long-term symptom, the most common being:
- fatigue (58 percent)
- headache (44 percent)
- poor concentration (27 percent)
- hair loss (25 percent)
- shortness of breath (24 percent)
Intermittent fever, or alternating periods of fever, was reported in 11 percent of people included in the review.
Some people have reported experiencing headaches for months after their infection. In a
Most people with COVID-19 can recover at home. If you have mild illness, you can recover at home and seek emergency medical attention if you develop emergency symptoms.
COVID-19 is highly contagious, so if you think you have COVID-19, it’s important to isolate from other people as much as possible. If you need to speak with a doctor, call the clinic ahead of time to let them know that you have or may have COVID-19.
It’s important to contact your doctor if you have lingering symptoms 4 weeks or more after having COVID-19 for proper evaluation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)recommends seeking emergency medical attention if you experience:
- trouble breathing
- persistent pain or pressure in your chest
- newly developed confusion
- an inability to wake or stay awake
- signs of oxygen deprivation, such as blue, pale, or gray lips, skin, or, nails
- any other concerning symptoms
Discoloration that suggests oxygen deprivation may be hard to spot in people with dark skin.
Headaches and fevers are two of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Some people develop both symptoms, but it’s also possible to develop either one independently. Headaches seem to be a more common long-haul symptom than fevers.
If you suspect you have COVID-19, it’s important to isolate yourself from others. Most cases of COVID-19 can be treated at home with plenty of rest, but it’s important to seek immediate medical attention if you develop emergency symptoms, such as trouble breathing or chest pain.