CDC Adds Six New Symptoms To Its COVID-19 list. Watch Out For These:
01/9 Coronavirus is spreading at an alarming rate
The coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of stopping. With over 3 million cases worldwide, a large percentage of reported cases turn out to be asymptomatic – which basically means that these infected people do not show general coronavirus symptoms.
02/9 New symptoms of coronavirus
As more and more cases come to light, newer symptoms are emerging that cause people to worry about rapidly increasing rates of transmission and spread. In light of this, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new triggers to the list of symptoms, tripling the number to 9 now.
Here is the updated list of new symptoms :
03/9 Loss of smell or taste
Loss of smell or sensation was one of the most prominent atypical symptoms associated with COVID-19. Loss of smell or taste occurs when a person is unable to detect unpleasant odors and usually occurs when a person has a stuffy nose or with increasing age. The symptom was found to be present in patients across the UK at the end of March, and it is feared that many patients may unknowingly spread the infection.
04/9 Intense chills
Although fever is usually dismissed as a minor problem, it can cause concern if you suffer from other coronavirus symptoms. Feeling cold for no reason, followed by intense shaking is being tagged as a prominent symptom of COVID-19. The symptom was most famously reported by a journalist, who broke his tooth after suffering extreme chills and shaking.
05/9 Muscle pain
Many patients, especially the elderly, report myalgia (pain around the muscles and joints) as a persistent symptom of coronavirus. Muscle pain has been found to affect close to 14.8% of patients across the US, a new epicenter for the spread of the disease. Muscle pain occurs when a virus attacks tissues and cells and triggers an inflammatory response. Stiffness and pain can also occur when the body goes through a period of inactivity. However, so far the symptom has been mainly found in people suffering from a severe case of the virus, not milder infections.
A headache while suffering from a cold is a fairly common occurrence. It can also happen when you have a respiratory infection, such as one caused by a new coronavirus. More recently, an attenuating headache has been reported, accompanied by a feeling of persistent pain or pressure around the temple and eyelid, one of the symptoms of coronavirus infection.
07/9 Pink eye
Recently, there has been increasing concern that coronavirus can lead to conjunctivitis (infection with pink eyes), which means that the virus can spread not only through the droplets of the respiratory system but also through the nasal and ocular eye fluids. A study published in JAMA ophthalmology mentions that the patient was likely to suffer from pink eye.
08/9 Sore throat
Coronavirus not only leads to a bad cough attack, one of its unusual symptoms is the presence of dry cough, which happens when the irritant (in this case, the virus) attacks the airway. Nearly 60% of COVID-19 positive cases report sore throat, along with dry cough as a typical symptom.
Coronavirus spreads at an alarming rate, and symptoms vary in humans depending on their age, health, pre-existing conditions, and severity. It is important to watch for the symptoms, rush for help, and avoid any contact that may lead to the further spread of the infection.