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Is dizziness a symptom of COVID-19? What to know – NBC Chicago

COVID-19 can cause a large number of symptoms with fever, cough and fatigue among the most commonly reported.

However, less common symptoms, such as dizziness, are also important to be aware of.

"Countless studies" from different parts of the world have revealed that dizziness has occurred as a result of COVID infections, according to an article published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

The doctors who wrote the article say the results are not surprising, as dizziness has historically been linked to viral infections.

"We would like to emphasize that dizziness should not be taken lightly as it has been shown to be a remarkable clinical manifestation among COVID-19 patients," the authors said.

"... It is imperative that treating physicians remain vigilant, especially when dealing with nonspecific symptoms such as dizziness, as it can be easily overlooked," they continued.

Not only COVID-19 but other respiratory conditions can also lead to dizziness, 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 and in turn result in dizziness, she said.

"If an ear infection develops or the eustachian tube that connects the ears to the back of the throat becomes blocked, it can cause feelings of dizziness," Greiss explained.

Here is a list of other possible symptoms COVID patients may experience:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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