New COVID-19 symptoms: Headache, sore throat among 6 added by CDC


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NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms of COVID-19 to its official list.

Since the outbreak began, the CDC had only identified fever, cough and shortness of breath as symptoms of the new coronavirus. Now, such symptoms as chills and loss of taste or smell have been added to that list.

The agency acknowledged on its website that people diagnosed with the virus have shown a “wide range” of reported symptoms.

Here are the new symptoms:

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

Symptoms may present between two and 14 days after exposure to COVID-19, according to the CDC.

Anyone who is sick or is exhibiting these symptoms should immediately self-isolate and only leave home to seek medical attention. If possible, the CDC recommends avoiding other people in the household as well as pets. To learn more about self-isolation practices, click here.

Some people may experience more severe symptoms, which the CDC describes as “emergency warning signs.” Anyone who shows these symptoms should immediately seek medical attention.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

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