The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated the list of COVID-19 symptoms on its website. Three more symptoms have been added to the list as part of the update.
Previously, the CDC only listed fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell as the official symptoms of coronavirus infection. But now the list includes three more symptoms: congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to Fox News.
However, the CDC made it clear that its list does not include all possible symptoms of the disease so far. Hence, it will continue to update the list as experts learn more information about COVID-19.
Per Prevention, the congestion or runny nose symptom in COVID-19 could mostly likely be due to the swelling of the nasal cavity. On the other hand, the nausea or vomiting symptom is likely due to the increased drainage from the postnasal drip to the stomach. Last but not the last, the diarrhea symptom could be due to the virus’ effect on the digestive tract.
The addition of the three symptoms reportedly happened on May 13, but different media outlets have only noticed it now. Back in April, the CDC also updated its list by adding six symptoms to the first three on the list, which were fever, cough and shortness of breath.
However, it is important to note that the symptoms of COVID-19 can actually range from mild to severe. In most cases, people only start noticing them two to 14 days after their exposure to the virus.
“Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness,” the CDC previously stated. According to the agency, if anyone is showing any of the aforementioned signs and symptoms, it is best to seek emergency medical care right away.
As of late, there have been over 9.4 million coronavirus cases worldwide. The U.S. has over 2.3 million cases and about 121,996 deaths.