- Muscle or body aches/pains
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
- Persistent cough
- Runny nose or congestion
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
COVID headache location
A COVID headache can take place in various locations, depending on the person and case.
As mentioned earlier, a COVID headache can sometimes be similar to a migraine, the discomfort could be unilateral in the head with throbbing and a sensitivity to sound or light.
The discomfort and pain of the headache can also take place bilaterally across both sides of the head.
Other reports have mentioned the pain taking over the whole head with severe pressure and pain.
In other cases, the discomfort and pain can extend to the face.
COVID headache relief
There has been much confusion on what can be taken for relief, as reports vary – some have said that certain medications can make COVID worse in a person, or some medications do not do anything to relieve COVID headache pain.
Later reports showed that these claims were not true. Also, regular painkillers are okay to use and may indeed help with COVID headaches.
Suggested medications for your headache pain include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, naproxen, or paracetamol.
Most importantly, seeking urgent medical care and attention is recommended, especially if you are also having breathing issues, feelings of confusion, and other symptoms with your headaches.
If the headaches worsen and persist, do not hesitate to get yourself tested for COVID-19. There are also at-home tests available if there is concern about social distancing and going to a hospital or other location where tests are administered.
Continue to mask up, social distance, stay hydrated, and stay safe!