CDC Announces 6 New COVID-19 Symptoms

Yesterday, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially updated its list of possible signs of COVID-19 with 6 new symptoms to look out for.

Originally, the CDC only noted three symptoms — fever, cough and shortness of breath. They have now added six symptoms to its list, suggesting health experts are learning more about the growing number of ways Doctors are seeing the virus affecting patients.

The CDC has has now added chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

These symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC. The updated full list of symptoms is as follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Dr. Laura Forman, chief of emergency medicine at Kent Hospital, said medical officials have been seeing the new symptoms for a period of time, but only recently after seeing more and more patients, could the CDC make it official. “Our understanding of this really complex disease continues to evolve, and as physicians caring for people with COVID-19, we’ve seen that there are typical symptoms, the fever, coughing, shortness of breath, but we’ve also learned that there are a lot of atypical symptoms as well and that list is growing day-by-day at this point,” Forman said. “They have been recorded in the medical literature, along with a number of other symptoms so they’ve added these new ones to the list because they have become six of the more common symptoms.”

The CDC wants to remind people that it’s important to remember it may take time to see symptoms at all, typically 2-14 days after exposure, and some testing positive are still asymptomatic (producing or showing no symptoms).