11 Official Signs Of Coronavirus You Shouldn’t Ignore, According To The CDC
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed cough, fever, and shortness of breath as some of the official symptoms of COVID-19 when it first started spreading in the US. However, as scientists progressed with the research on the novel coronavirus, they found and listed a total of 9 new symptoms in April.
But, now the agency has added 3 more signs of the virus to the list- nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and a runny nose. While the CDC is yet to make an official announcement about these additional symptoms, they still have included them on the official list. However, these symptoms were identified back in February by the World Health Organization.
Since COVID-19 is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, the list of symptoms keeps growing as pointed out by Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., infectious disease expert, and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He explained: “We’re now learning about the full spectrum of illness. Early on, most of our information was coming from severe cases in hospitals. Now that we’re able to test more widely, we’re able to see all of the different symptoms that may not have been noticed before”.
List of the new official symptoms of COVID-19
The CDC has already made it clear that the list of COVID-19 symptoms may not include every possible symptom. For instance, there have been reports from some patients about a mysterious skin rash, but this symptom has not been added yet. As such, the list of the official symptoms of COVID-19 is constantly being updated whenever new information becomes available.
1 Sore throat
Being a respiratory virus, COVID-19 causes excess mucus to drip down the back of your nose and throat. This along with constant coughing can irritate your throat as has been stated by Dr. Besser.
2Loss of taste and smell
This symptom has been one of the newly added official symptoms of COVID-19. Since the coronavirus can inflame your nasal cavity lining causing it to swell, it changes your ability to smell and taste things.
Dr. Cutler also stated that a fever could result in a lingering headache. The side effects of being sick which makes you unable to sleep well, or lose your appetite, or not drink enough water can cause a pounding headache.