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Expanded COVID-19 Symptoms

Wellness | May 19, 2020
man wrapped in blanket with chills and headache
New symptoms of COVID-19 include chills, muscle pain, headache and loss of smell or taste.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded its list of COVID-19 symptoms after new recommendations were issued by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (an organization that defines which infectious diseases are tracked and reported).

As everyone learns more about COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we are seeing that it can affect people in many ways.

Previously there were just three symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath. The new guidance says people with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Remember, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If you are experiencing fever, respiratory infection symptoms (i.e. cough) or other symptoms, please call your healthcare provider’s office before arriving or scheduling an appointment to determine the appropriate care setting and testing process. Your visit may be eligible for a video visit.

Call 911 if you have emergency signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

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