CDC expands official list of COVID-19 symptoms

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new potential symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

The CDC has long announced that cough, shortness of breath and fever are the most common signs that someone might have catch the deadly coronavirus. Today, it has added six more signs that may tell if a person has the disease. The extended list of symptoms could be a critical factor in determining patients since there are only limited test kits available.

Expanded List of Symptoms

The expanded list now features a total of nine potential symptoms includes fever, cough and shortness of breath. However, the six additional symptoms to complete the list are:

  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Frequent shaking
  • Chills

A research from King’s College London has found out that losing the sense of smell and taste is the best way to detect if a person has the coronavirus. Their study evaluated over 400,000 individuals who had one or more signs of the disease.

Their study concluded that 59% of people who tested positive of the virus reported to have lost their sense of smell and taste.

These symptoms often appear between 2 to 14 days after a person gets exposed to the virus. The CDC states that emergency warning signs for COVID-19 also include shortness of breathing, consistent chest pain, confusion and a bluish face.

Shortness of breath can develop simultaneously with the other symptoms or can show up abruptly within a week after a person has been experiencing lesser symptoms such as body aches and coughing.

However, the list from CDC somewhat differs from the symptoms stated by the World Health Organization. On their website, WHO states that the most common signs are dry cough, fever and fatigue.

Both agencies still advises people showing these symptoms to rush themselves to the nearest hospital and seek medical help immediately.

Deadly and contagious

The new novel coronavirus has proven that it is both deadly and contagious. However, most of the people who have become infected will only show mild symptoms or worse, none at all.

The United States, the country with the highest cases of COVID-19, is expected to cross the 1 millionth mark within the next few days. The country’s number of coronavirus related deaths has also exceeded the yearly death count for pneumonia and the common flu.

Globally, the new coronavirus has infected over 3 million people and at least killed 207,000 of them.

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