CDC adds new symptoms of coronavirus infections

April 27, 2020
COVID-19 Virus

FIVE new symptoms  -- besides fever, cough and shortness of breath –can tell a person had been infected with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its list to include several more signs of infection including chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Most health workers noticed patients confined with coronavirus have similar symptoms such as the loss of taste and smell.

Last month, the American Academy of Otolaryngology called for the CDC to add anosmia -- the inability to smell -- to its list of potential signs of coronavirus.]

Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for COVID-19, said “A loss of smell or a loss of taste is something that we're looking into.”

A study jointly conducted by Italy and the UK, found that 64 percent of coronavirus patients reported an “altered sense of smell or taste.”

A local TV news anchor who was severely infected with the virus narrated in his documentary that he experienced numbness in the tongue and he lost taste and appetite for food during his confinement.

Now that the government has “downgraded” the ECQ to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in some provinces, health experts advised that when businesses begin to reopen, anyone with these symptoms should be tested or go into self-quarantine.