The CDC Has Added 6 New Coronavirus Symptoms to Watch Out For

By now, you probably have the symptoms for COVID-19, or coronavirus, down pat from memory: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. That’s all right?

Not anymore. Now, as more cases emerge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed a whole other slew of symptoms that could be a sign you may have coronavirus.

The 6 new symptoms that may indicate the virus include:

  • Chills
  • Shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The CDC states people with at least two of these symptoms may have the virus.

Like experts have been noting from the beginning of the health crisis, symptoms for COVID-19 can appear anywhere from two days to two weeks after you were exposed to the virus.

This more detailed list of symptoms may be the key to diagnosing more cases and learning more about how the virus develops in people. Plus, it could also help people who need to be tested get tested since there are still a limited number of test kits in some areas and you must show signs of the virus to be tested.

Additionally, the CDC notes that “emergency warning signs” of the virus include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and developing bluish lips or face. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away.

Of course, you shouldn’t panic if you develop any of these symptoms. Many of these are also symptoms of other sicknesses, such as a seasonal cold. As always, take precautions by washing and sanitizing your hands frequently, wearing a cloth covering in public, and practicing social distancing.

If you feel under the weather at all, make sure to contact your healthcare provider or 911 if you have an emergency, and above all, stay home and away from others.