Chills, headache and muscle pain: CDC adds 6 new symptoms of COVID-19

The US’s top health body included chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell as the new symptoms

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Earlier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on its website that the most common symptoms are fever, dry cough, and fatigue. Photo: iStock

Six new possible symptoms, including chills, headache, and muscle pain, were added by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the COVID-19 infection.

These symptoms now join the list of cough, cold, fever, and shortness of breath, the existing ways of detecting the coronavirus infection.

The US’s top health body included chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell as the new symptoms while also updating shortness of breath to shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

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The CDC explained that sneezing is still not classified as a symptom of the novel coronavirus, since a runny nose is a rare visitor with COVID-19.

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“The symptoms of COVID-19 infection may appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure to the coronavirus. People with the disease have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness,” the CDC website reads.

Meanwhile, it also added that the updated list of symptoms is subject to differ from patient to patient and a medical consultation is required for any other symptoms which are visibly severe.

Earlier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on its website that the most common symptoms are fever, dry cough, and fatigue.

“Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but only have very mild symptoms,” it said.

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Even as the CDC warned about signs that need immediate medical attention, including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, there could also be other symptoms which need examination.

“Anyone can catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill. Even people with very mild symptoms of COVID-19 can transmit the virus. People of all ages who experience fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention,” the WHO said, adding that “around one out of every 5 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing”.

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