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U.S. CDC Adds Six New Symptoms for Covid19 to Its Official List

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Apr 27, 2020

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U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a national public health institute, has added six new symptoms to its list of Covid19 symptoms.

In addition to fever, cough, and shortness of breath, the CDC has added chills, repeated shaking with chills, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, headaches and muscle pains. These symptoms, it said on its website, may occur with 2 to 14 days of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

This list provides an insight into how our understanding of the disease is changing every day.

Until now, the new symptoms were only thought to be “sometimes” indicative of Covid19, and associated more with common diseases such as the flu and cold.

Chills also were considered to be a less common symptom of Covid19, however, cases of people experiencing the chills became more well-known with high-profile patients with the disease, such as CNN presenter Chris Cuomo having reportedly chipped a tooth from shaking due to the chills.


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The loss of sense of smell and taste has been a suspected symptoms since March, because of anecdotal evidence.

Identifying these newly listed and less severe symptoms could help in slowing the spread of the disease because patients with these symptoms may be carriers of the disease and may have been spreading it unknowingly or dismissing them as those associated with flu or cold.

Other potential symptoms of the disease, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which have also been identified with the disease in many cases, however, remain to be added to the list.

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Written By Anubhuti Matta

Anubhuti Matta is an associate editor with The Swaddle. When not at work, she’s busy pursuing kathak, reading books on and by women in the Middle East or making dresses out of Indian prints.

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