The Centers for Disease Control added multiple new frequently seen coronavirus symptoms to its list of signs to watch for recently.
An update now found on the organization’s website has added nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and congestion or runny nose to a rundown that previously included only the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
“People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness,” the CDC says.
“Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19.”
The additions mark the first change in quite some time to the symptoms list, and the updates likely reflect what medical professionals have learned and observed by testing more patients over the last few months.
It’s possible, of course, to be asymptomatic and still have the coronavirus. Similarly, some people who are infected will have many or most of the symptoms listed above, while others may have just one or two.
A self-checker questionnaire is available on the CDC website. The automated system asks a variety of questions, and is designed to “help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.” You can find that here.
Finally, the CDC recommends anyone experiencing the following health complications should seek immediate medical treatment:
“Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.”
You can learn more by visiting the CDC website here.