Congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea are now considered symptoms of COVID-19, according to the best health agency in the country.
The list of the CDC has been updating for the last time in April to add a loss of taste or smell. The agency has also included chills, tremors repeated with chills, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. A list of previous symptoms were limited to fever, cough and shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
The latest symptoms
Although the CDC indicates that its list does not include all the possible symptoms and will continue to be updated as more information on the coronavirus to be discovered, the complete list of key symptoms currently includes:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain or bodily
- Evil skull
- New loss of taste or smell
- Irritated throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The world health Organization breaks down its list of symptoms by severity, including other potential symptoms such as conjunctivitis, skin rashes or discoloration of the fingers and toes, and loss of speech or movements.
The most common symptoms:
- dry cough.
Less common symptoms:
- aches and pains.
- irritated throat.
- evil skull.
- loss of taste or smell.
- a skin rash, or a discoloration of the fingers or toes.
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- pain or pressure in the chest.
- loss of speech or movement.
The doctors of the skin are also discussed on the feet so that they were concerned about a condition called “toe COVID”. The condition brings about swelling, red, painful and sometimes itching on the toes that resemble frostbite, something that the doctors see normally on the feet and hands of the people who have spent a lot of time outside in the cold.
According to the CDC, anyone with these symptoms should immediately consult a doctor:
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain or pressure persistent in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
- Lips, or face bluish
Cases of coronavirus are rising in the United States, and the largest increase for those aged 20 to 44 years of age. Natasha Bhuyan, a physician and regional director of One Medical, explains how the social gatherings lead to an increase in cases of Covid-19.
Who is most at risk?
Last week, the CDC has revised its list of america’s most at-risk of developing a serious disease at COVID-19, by adding pregnant women and removing the age alone as a factor.
The CDC has also revised the list of underlying conditions that make a person more vulnerable to suffering and death. Sickle-cell disease have joined the list, for example. And the threshold for levels of obesity risk has been lowered.
The changes have not included the addition of race as a risk factor for severe disease, despite the accumulation of evidence that Blacks, Hispanics, and native americans have higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and death.
The managers of the agency have said that the update had been caused by medical studies published since the CDC began to identify the high-risk groups. They have sought to publish the information before the weekend of the celebration of Independence day, when many people might be tempted to go out and socialize.
“For people at higher risk, we recommend that you limit as much as possible contacts with other people, or to limit contacts to a small number of people who are willing to take measures to reduce the risk of (you) be infected”, said the director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield.
The same advice goes for people who live with or care for people at high risk, ” added Redfield.
Previously, the CDC said that people at high risk for severe illness were people aged 65 years and over; those who live in a nursing home or institution of long-term care; and persons suffering from heart disease, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, chronic lung diseases and chronic conditions that leave the immune system weakened.
In the changes, the CDC has created categories of people at high risk and those at high risk.
People at high risk include people with chronic renal disease, pulmonary disease (chronic inflammatory, obesity, heart disease, severe sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes and a weakened immune system because of organ transplants. The threshold of concern for obesity has been lowered from a body mass index of 40 to 30.
The CDC has stated that the people are at an increasing risk as they get older, but it excluded people 65 years and older as a high-risk group.
The list of persons who may be at high risk include pregnant women, smokers and people with asthma, the diseases that affect the blood flow to the brain, cystic fibrosis, high blood pressure, dementia, diseases of the liver, the lungs healed or damaged, type 1 diabetes, a rare blood disorder called thalassemia, and people whose immune system is weakened because of HIV or other reasons.
Officials at the CDC say they expect to publish soon of recommendations for racial and ethnic groups in the minority.