The CDC Has Added Additional COVID-19 Symptoms
In a quiet move last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added more symptoms to their coronavirus list.
According to the CDC, these are the more frequently seen symptoms:
Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
So, what’s new on the list? That would be congestion or runny nose and diarrhea. The CDC also reminds people that symptoms range from mild to severe and can show up anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure.
Additionally, there are some emergency symptoms and according to the CDC, if you experience any of these, you should seek medical help immediately:
Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
If you need to seek emergency medical care, it is strongly advised that you call 911 or call ahead to the emergency room of the hospital you’ll be going to and notify them that you or someone in your care may have the coronavirus.
The CDC also has updated its list of underlying medical conditions that might increase your risk of contracting the coronavirus. Those symptoms are:
Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), obesity (BMI of 30 or higher), immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from a solid organ transplant, serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or, cardiomyopathies, Sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes.
What is the reason for the ever-growing symptoms? According to the CDC, they're still learning about the virus and note on their website that, "this list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19."
The list of places where people may have been exposed to the coronavirus in the Southern Tier continues to grow. Learn about those places here.