The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added several new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19.
We’ve heard since this started in March, and even before, that fever, cough and shortness of breath are the primary indications someone might have the disease brought on by novel coronavirus. The CDC, seeing these in more cases, has added chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
This is important, because most testing sites require someone to first exhibit symptoms in order to get a test, since there’s be a limited number of test kits available.
Like the three “original symptoms”, these usually appear within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, the CDC says. But the “emergency warning signs” for COVID-19 that require a hospital visit are trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse. and bluish lips or face. People with any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
The coronavirus has proved highly contagious and potentially deadly, but the vast majority of people who become infected will show either no symptoms or only mild ones. The U.S., which has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world, should soon cross the 1 million mark.
If you exhibit ANY of those symptoms, you are URGED to stay home, self-isolate the best you can, rest and recover.