CDC officials name six new symptoms for COVID-19


ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms of the new coronavirus to its list on its official website. The original list of symptoms included fever, cough and shortness of breath.

As of April 24, 2020, the CDC has included these new symptoms in its official description:

  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Irritated throat
  • New loss of taste or odor

While some of these symptoms – specifically loss of taste or odor – have been mentioned by people who have had the main symptoms or been diagnosed, this is the first time that the CDC has officially included the symptom among those who should be watched.

Depending on the agency, symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Officials point out that the list is not at all exclusive.

In addition, the CDC says that if a person develops any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, they should immediately seek medical attention:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to create
  • Bluish lips or face

If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Tell the operator that you have or something that you may have COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face cover or mask before medical treatment arrives.

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Seniors and people with underlying serious medical conditions, including heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the new coronavirus, according to the CDC.

For more information, see the special section of the CDC on COVID-19.

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