The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has just added several symptoms to its list of existing symptoms for COVID-19, and they include chills, headache and muscle pain.
As we continue to learn more and know more about the COVID-19 virus, the list of symptoms continues to grow. Today, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added several more symptoms to watch out for. They include: chills and repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat, muscle pain and new loss of smell or taste.
Those symptoms join the already existing list of symptoms that feature fever, a dry, hacking cough and shortness of breath. The expanded list is important for helping diagnose properly, as there are limited numbers of test kits that have pretty much been reserved for people showing only those three main symptoms (plus evidence of exposure) up until now.
This comes in addition to what doctors are now calling ‘COVID toes,’ based on a compilation registry of skin manifestations associated with COVID-19. The American Academy of Dermatology compiled this list, and about half of the over 300 total cases on the registry have COVID toes. COVID toes are described as toes that are pinkish-reddish in their lesions and that seem to turn purple over time.
Dr. Amy Paller is the chair of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In a press release, she stated that many children with COVID-19 don’t have the cough or fever that so often indicates the virus, but some do have viral symptoms about a week before their toes become discolored. Other clinicians believe that COVID toes appear in children before the other symptoms arise. In an article with USA Today, Ebbing Lautenbach said that it seems COVID toes manifest early on in the virus, which is to say that children / adults will then show progressive symptoms.
Symptoms for COVID-19 typically appear within two to 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC. Emergency signs include trouble breathing, pain or persistent pressure in the chest and confusion or difficulty keeping one conscious. Sometimes, a bluish tint to the face or lips is also present, and the CDC says you should seek emergency treatment immediately in those cases.
Still, the vast number of people who become infected either show no symptoms or have mild ones, despite the high contagion and potential deadliness the virus has. The United States has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world, and according to the CDC, is poised to have the number of deaths from the disease surpassing annual death tolls for pneumonia and flu. That may change, however, as more reports of asymptomatic reported cases and recoveries come about with more antibody testing, and we may not know true mortality rates for quite a while.