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Six New Coronavirus Symptoms by CDC of the USA

Using data from the plethora of novel coronavirus cases reported thus far, along with findings of the virus-related research studies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has added six new symptoms of COVID-19 to its list.

Previously, the CDC had listed just three known symptoms of coronavirus infection: shortness of breath, cough, and fever. Now, six new additions have been made to this list, and they are as follows:

  • Chills (the feeling of being cold without an apparent cause)

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

The CDC states that these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus

and that people displaying these symptoms, or a combination of these symptoms, are likely to have contracted COVID-19. These symptoms may also range from mild to severe, it adds.

Mario Ramirez, the former acting director of the Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats under US President Barack Obama, told The Washington Post that these new symptoms have been added after observing the growing number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in the USA, along with the local as well as international trends in symptoms.

Meanwhile, although not officially on the list, extreme fatigue and loss of energy have also been frequently reported by people with confirmed coronavirus infections.

The CDC also specifies four emergency warning signs which warrant seeking medical attention immediately, as they may indicate a coronavirus infection. These signs are as follows:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face