When the world realized the potential threat of the coronavirus and it crossed the Chinese border, COVID-19 became the talk of the town. Sars-Cov-2 was relatively a new strain of the coronavirus and the medical practitioners weren’t able to detect its symptoms initially, due to which people turned themselves into doctors and started pairing every health problem as COVID-19 symptom. Be it a viral fever or severe body ache or stress or lack of sleep – people instead of waiting for any scientific study started associating everything with COVID.
It’s been over a year and the pandemic has now reached every country. Medical practitioners today have identified all the major and minor symptoms of COVID-19. Let’s see: what symptoms cause COVID-19, and does COVID cause back pain or any other usual illness.
What are the symptoms that cause COVID-19?
Sars-Cov-2 is the most contagious and strongest strain of the coronaviruses group. As per the available research, the virus can spread from one person to another in the form of tiny droplets. If an infected person coughs or sneezes on you or talks to you without wearing any protective gear such as facemasks, you may also get infected.
If you have recently met anyone who has tested positive for the virus or is a potential case of COVID-19, then wait to see if any symptoms appear. Moreover, if you are unaware of what are the common symptoms of COVID-19, then here we have mentioned them below.
Fever, dry cough, and fatigue are the most common symptoms of COVID-19. See if you are experiencing these major symptoms only or also exhibiting any other minor common COVID symptoms like body ache, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, skin rash, etc.
If both common and less common symptoms are present, get yourself tested immediately. However, in cases where you have only less common symptoms like sore throat or back pain, don’t panic. It doesn’t guarantee that you have contracted the virus. There could be many more reasons for it to happen.
Does COVID cause back pain?
When medical practitioners’ added body ache to the list, people who experienced back pain got scared. However, recent researches show that you may experience back pain if you have the virus, but it could only be because of a lack of energy and strength.
Nonetheless, if you have backache along with a few common symptoms of COVID, then you need to consult a doctor and get yourself tested.
However, if you only have backache, it can be because of many other reasons. You can rest for a day and see if it was due to fatigue or stress. If the back pain doesn’t go away or worsens, consult a doctor and take proper medication for it.
What are other causes of backache?
Backache can occur anytime and anywhere. However, if it doesn’t go away with rest and worsens, then there could be an underlying problem attached to it. Here are a few common reasons for long-lasting backache.
One of the most common causes includes strain on muscle or ligament. We lift heavy weights daily and because of an awkward positioning, it can put a strain on our back muscles or ligament.
Other than that, you may experience backache due to a bulging or ruptured disk. Moreover, arthritis is also one of the common causes of backache. Arthritis in your spinal cord may result in spinal stenosis.
Apart from these, Osteoporosis can be a cause of back pain. In some cases, when your bones become porous and brittle, you may develop painful fractures.
What are the risk factors of back pain?
The most common element that leads to back pain is age. People who are above thirty or forty may experience back pains more often than young individuals. Moreover, lack of exercise, obesity, diseases such as cancer, improper lifting, psychological condition, and smoking may also become primary risk factors for back pain.