Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have agreed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may provoke cerebral venous sinus thrombosis—a rare blood clotting condition that can be deadly. According to a statement released on Tuesday there have been a total of six cases (out of nearly 7 million), occurring among women between the ages of 18 and 48, with symptoms arising 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Later in the day, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also addressed the issue, revealing there are a few symptoms to look out for. Read on to find out what they are—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
The first symptom Dr. Fauci mentioned to look out for is a headache. “The manifestations of this are that headache is the very common component of it because the sinus thrombosis that they have is the draining of the blood in the brain. And it will cause enough symptomatology to make you notice it.” According to the Michigan Comprehensive Stroke Center the most common symptom of Sinus Vein Thrombosis is a really severe headache, “often the worst headache that a patient has ever had,” they describe. “It can be of sudden onset, develop over a few hours, or develop over a few days.”
The next symptom Fauci mentioned is shortness of breath—one that many who battled COVID-19 are all too familiar with.
Discomfort in the chest (or abdominal pain, as mentioned by the FDA) is one of the other main symptoms.
“Do you have anything that resembles neurological syndrome?” Dr. Fauci continued on his list of things to look out for. This could include any unusual neuro symptoms.
The final and most “serious” symptom, per Dr. Fauci is a seizure.
Dr. Fauci did note that if you did get the shot, try not to stress out just yet. “It’s less than one in a million,” he said about the chances of developing the condition. “However, having said that, pay attention.” In general, the best thing to do is to “just watch out for not feeling very well,” says Dr. Fauci.
Whether you are vaccinated or not, keep following Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.