Chills, headache, muscle pain: US experts find 6 new symptoms for coronavirus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday released a set of six new symptoms of the novel coronavirus that have appeared in the Covid-19 patients over and over again. The six new possible symptoms of coronavirus are in addition to the original three — shortness of breath, cough, and fever. The new symptoms of coronavirus include chills, headache, and muscle pain.

The CDC has now updated its list of coronavirus symptoms, adding six more to it. The six new symptoms are:

  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

According to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by scientists in Britain and the United States, losing your sense of smell and taste may be the best way to tell if you have coronavirus. This particular symptom has appeared in Covid-19 patients since mid-March.

Over 50 per cent of the patients, who were tested positive for coronavirus, had reported losing their sense of smell and taste.

While it’s not listed in the list of symptoms on the CDC website, one of the symptoms that the coronavirus patients have experienced is fatigue.

Recently some dermatologists in Italy found inflammation of toes and feet, and discolouration of the organ of those suffering from Covid-19. This condition is much like frostbite or pernio, which is a condition found among people living in harsh winters in polar and sub-polar regions.

Mario Ramirez, the former acting director of the Office of Pandemic and Emerging Threats under former President Barack Obama, told The Washington Post that the new symptoms for coronavirus listed by the CDC consistently go with the Covid-19 symptoms.

Since the infection broke out, patients with coronavirus have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. The symptoms of Covid-19 infection (combination of two of them) may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, the CDC said.

The CDC has also advised seeking medical attention if the emergency warning signs — Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse and bluish lips or face — emerge.

A study published by the CDC has found that people infected with the novel coronavirus can transmit the infection one-to-three days before symptoms start to appear.

Transmissions of the coronavirus infection might take place through respiratory droplets or even speech and other vocal activities such as singing, with the rate of emission corresponding to voice loudness.

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