The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday added six health issues to its official list of COVID-19 symptoms after seeing them repeatedly show up in patients during the pandemic.
The symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to someone with the novel coronavirus, according to CDC.
Before now, the known symptoms of Coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath are indications that someone might have the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus. But the CDC has now added six more conditions that may come with the disease. They include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
According to CDC, the expanded list of the symptoms could prove important because with a limited number of test kits available, typically those seeking a test must first show symptoms.
NPR and other news outlets reported last month that loss of smell and taste were reported by some people with COVID-19. Patients with the disease caused by the coronavirus have also reported muscle pain, chills, and headache.
CDC emphasized though that the “emergency warning signs” for COVID-19 are trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or inability to arouse. and bluish lips or face. People with any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately, the CDC says.
The coronavirus has proved highly contagious and potentially deadly, but the vast majority of people who become infected will show either no symptoms or only mild ones.