CDC adds 6 symptoms to list of ways to recognize COVID-19
There are now six newly recognized signs that you may be infected with the coronavirus, according to the CDC.
Diana Berrent, 45 of Port Washington, says she had about a dozen different symptoms last month when she was diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition to fever and chest pain, she says she had severe nausea, eye pain, backaches, earaches, headaches and insomnia.
Originally, the CDC only listed fever, cough and shortness of breath as symptoms of the virus, but added six new ones earlier this month.
Symptoms now include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste of smell.
Doctors say the additional symptoms could make it easier for people to know when to ask for a test. It can also help physicians determine when patients need to be tested or at least be told to assume they have it and self-isolate.
"The recognition that testing is starting to become more widespread and trying to get people even with minimal symptoms to get tested to know what their status is, so to speak," says Dr. David Hirschwerk. "So they can protect the people around them which will in turn protect the community at large."
Survivors of the virus say adding symptoms to raise awareness is a good idea, but question why so few new ones were added to the list.
"If they're going to add symptoms they should really have a very inclusive list of the symptoms," says Berrent. "Adding another few is not enough. It should be fully comprehensive list because no two cases are alike."
Berrent says she's doing better, has started an online survivor group and donates plasma regularly.
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