What Is the ‘Mystery Virus‘ Trending on TikTok?


If you haven’t stayed home sick recently, you probably know somebody who has. During cold and flu season, most of us at some point come down with a bug that brings symptoms like nausea, fatigue, light-headedness, and congestion.

But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be hard not to worry when lots of these symptoms strike all at once, especially when you can’t figure out just what “mystery virus” is making you ill.

“Everyone in the United States is getting sick by some virus, but they don’t know what it’s called, they don’t know where it’s coming from, but somehow everybody is getting sick,” one TikToker says in a video with 1.7 million views.

“When I say everybody, I’m including myself too,” says the TikToker, who goes by @thatgirlkanesha. “I just had this so-called virus last week. I was feeling very very lightheaded. I felt like I had to vomit. I felt like I was going to pass out. Like all of these symptoms are really not adding up to me.”


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