As a result, today, the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) has added 6 more symptoms of COVID-19 to its website.
When the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) started to show up around the world, the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) posted the known symptoms of the disease to their respective websites.
At the time, there were only three and they were quite common: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Due to a lack of testing kits and lab manpower, only people exhibiting all three of these symptoms were allowed to be tested in most places.
Elsewhere, the situation was even more dire; even those displaying severe symptoms were unable to get tested. Governments around the world are still working toward fixing these issues.
It also didn’t help that COVID-19 is what’s called a novel virus, meaning it had never been seen prior to our current outbreak, and scientists are still learning more about it.
But as the pandemic has progressed, and more victims have been hospitalized, experts have been able to piece together more information about the mysterious virus.
As a result, today, the CDC has added 6 more symptoms of COVID-19 to its website. These symptoms are:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
While testing capacity is increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that residents of his state would soon be able to get tested at any local pharmacy, and he has doubled-down on efforts to supply testing to frontline workers.
At present, the CDC advises those who believe they might have the virus to contact their health care provider first, before actively seeking a test, and to follow state or local guidelines for procuring one, as capacity varies based on location.
Still, for those who recognize several or all of the symptoms now known to be related to COVID-19, the safest thing to do is to contact a physician and to maintain distance from others.