The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued an important update to its current list of COVID-19 symptoms, adding six new possible signs indicating that someone may be a carrier of the respiratory virus. With more than one million confirmed cases and tens of thousands dead in the United States, critical updates like these help healthcare workers on the front lines continue saving lives.
COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness. According to the CDC, symptoms can present 2-14 days after exposure. Depending on a person’s medical history as well as other factors, symptoms can cause a variety of complications that range from mild to severe. Certain individuals, such as people with heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes may experience more serious, life-threatening complications. Older individuals are also considered high risk for severe medical complications.
Until now, the CDC had confirmed only 3 COVID-19 symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, and cough. The new update confirms there are six additional symptoms that can act as indicators that the virus may be present. They are:
According to the CDC’s update, individuals who are experiencing cough, shortness of breath, fever, and at least one of the six other possible symptoms may be carriers of the illness. The agency notes that the symptom list is by no means all-inclusive. Healthcare providers around the country have reported a range of different symptoms in COVID patients, so if you think you may be ill it is advisable to stay home so as not to risk getting anyone sick and to call your doctor. The CDC recommends that people seek medical attention immediately if they are experiencing trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, new confusion or the inability to arouse, or persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
To stay informed on important COVID-19 updates and read the CDC’s recommendations on when to get tested, the benefits of wearing face masks or cloth coverings, and effective ways you can clean and disinfect your home to guard against getting sick, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
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