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US Medical Experts Identify 6 New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms

Published On Apr 28, 2020, Updated On Jun 23, 2020

The top US watchdog, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) has identified a set of six new coronavirus symptoms that the patients have witnessed over and over again. These symptoms include chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, repeated shaking with chills, and loss of taste or smell. Apart from these, fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing were the existing three symptoms listed by the World Health Organisation. 

CDC tracks diseases globally and has updated about the new symptoms on its website. It says, "People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus". 

More than 50% of patients of coronavirus have witnessed a loss of smell and taste. As per US experts, losing the sense of taste and smell is the best way to detect if a person is suffering from highly infectious coronavirus. 

WHO suggests that people with pre-existing illnesses like heart and lung diseases, blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, respiratory illnesses, or older people are at higher risk of developing a serious illness. 

"Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment. Around 1 out of every five people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing," the WHO says. 

Sparked from China’s Wuhan in December 2019, the coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. The virus is new and has never been detected in humans. So, the scientists are reading it carefully and still studying to find its characteristics. 

Therefore, CDC has clarified that these symptoms are not all-inclusive. And hence, people must not solely rely on these symptoms. They must seek doctor’s advice if they face any condition that is concerning for them.  

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