Three More Symptoms Added To COVID-19 List

Previously, the symptoms was limited to fever, coughing and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.


In its updated list, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has quietly added three new symptoms of coronavirus, including congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

According to the US’ top health agency, it had updated the list last in April to add loss of taste or smell.

The agency also included chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.

Previously, the symptoms was limited to fever, coughing and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Though the CDC says its list does not include all possible symptoms and will continue to be updated as more information related to coronavirus is discovered, the full list of key symptoms currently includes, Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting and Diarrhea.

The World Health Organization also breaks down its list of symptoms by severity, including other potential symptoms like conjunctivitis, rash or discoloration of fingers and toes, and loss of speech or movement.

Most common symptoms, include fever, dry cough, tiredness.

Less common symptoms, include aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.

Serious symptoms, include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement.

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Skin doctors have also been looking at feet amid concern over a condition dubbed “COVID toes.”

The condition brings red, sore and sometimes itchy swellings on toes that look like chilblains, something doctors normally see on the feet and hands of people who’ve spent a long time outdoors in the cold.

According to the CDC, anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately, including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake and bluish lips or face

Coronavirus cases are spiking across the U.S. and the largest increase is among people aged 20 to 44.

Last week, the CDC revamped its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a factor.

The CDC also changed the list of underlying conditions that make someone more susceptible to suffering and death. Sickle cell disease joined the list, for example. And the threshold for risky levels of obesity was lowered.

The changes didn’t include adding race as a risk factor for serious illness, despite accumulating evidence that Black people, Hispanics and Native Americans have higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death.

Agency officials said the update was prompted by medical studies published since CDC first started listing high-risk groups. They sought to publicize the information before Independence Day weekend, when many people may be tempted to go out and socialize.

“For those at higher risk, we recommend limiting contact with others as much as possible, or restricting contacts to a small number of people who are willing to take measures to reduce the risk of (you) becoming infected,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

The same advice holds for people who live with or care for people at higher risk, Redfield added.

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