Coronavirus has been reported by patients to have a wide range of symptoms. Up until now, the CDC has listed the main symptoms as a fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. But six news symptoms have now been added to the list.
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On the CDC’s website, the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus are now listed as:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
The health body also notes: “These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.”
Emergency warning signs are also listed on the site, with advice to seek medical attention immediately.
These symptoms are:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
COVID-19 is a new virus and every day scientific revelations are being made.
Many of its symptoms have been determined through patients’ experiences.
Andrew O’Dwyer tested positive for COVID-19 after going on a ski trip to the Italian Dolomites in February and detailed his experience of chills from the virus.
After experiencing a fever, coughing and shortness of breath, Andrew had a bout of chills.
He told Manchester Evening News: “I developed a real chill. I had the heating and gas fire on, and I was under the duvet in a jumper and my ski hat and I still felt freezing.
“I was shivering and shaking like a snowman, and by 8pm my temperature was around 38.2C.
“It was really quite an intense feeling but by 10pm the fever seemed to have broken.
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“By midnight my temperature was back to 36/2 and went to bed.”
Researchers from Harvard Medical School have also linked loss of smell to coronavirus.
As part of their study involving human and mice genomic data they found certain cells at the back of the nose harbour the distinctly shaped proteins that coronavirus targets to invade the body.
Infection of these cells could lead to an altered sense of smell.
A statement published on the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) also outlined loss of smell has been found among “a number of patients” in the “absence of other symptoms”.
Professor Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, and and Professor Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK, said in the statement there had been a sudden rise “in cases of isolated anosmia” (total or partial smell loss) in the UK, US, France and northern Italy.
The statement added: “I think these patients may be some of the hitherto hidden carriers that have facilitated the rapid spread of COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, these patients do not meet current criteria for testing or self isolation.”
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