The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially confirmed six more COVID-19 symptoms, adding to the initial three indicators of the disease.
The CDC this week added to its list of coronavirus symptoms on its website. This follows months of global research to understand the virus better and hopefully find a cure or a vaccine for it.
“People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness,” CDC wrote on its website.
The leading health organization initially listed shortness of breath, cough and fever as the signs one has the virus. The list now includes chills, muscle pain, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. This brings the total number of coronavirus symptoms to nine from the initial three.
The CDC did note that some adults and people with underlying conditions “seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.”
It also revealed “emergency warning signs” for COVID-19 and suggested people experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion and bluish face or lips should seek medical attention immediately.
The new directives follows over six months of global battle against the raging COVID-19 pandemic. According to Johns Hopkins University, as of April 24 10:31 pm Sydney time, there are 2.732 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus across the world. The global death toll has also eclipsed the 191,000 mark at 191,962.
The United States still leads all countries in total cases at 886,709, with 50,243 deaths, Worldometer data reveals. Australia has 6,675 cases and 79 deaths.