If you have any of these 9 symptoms, it could be BA.5, doctors say

But even if the virus is beginning to resemble more familiar illnesses, it’s still seriously affecting some patients. “If you talk to the average person who had COVID, many will tell you it’s the sickest they’ve ever been without going to the hospital,” David Souleles, the director of the COVID-19 Response Team at the University of California, Irvine, told HuffPost.