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Ask Dr. Nandi: CDC lists new symptoms and warning signs for COVID-19

Posted at 10:14 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 22:14:48-04

The list of symptoms for COVID-19 is growing. The CDC has added several new signs that could indicate you may have the coronavirus.

There are now at least 11 symptoms listed on the CDC’s website. And the most recent ones that were added include:

  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting and
  • diarrhea

And just to refresh everyone’s memory, the other symptoms on the list include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell and
  • Sore throat

So it is quite a long list but unfortunately, it could continue to grow as we learn more about the novel coronavirus.

This was very interesting. 164 people were surveyed and asked what their symptoms were when they had COVID-19. And get this, 96% of them said they had one of the following: a fever, a cough or shortness of breath. And, 45% of them said that they had all three of those symptoms.

Now, let’s break this down even farther - which of those three symptoms were the most common? Well, 84% said they had a cough and 80% had a fever. As for shortness of breath, 82% of the people who were hospitalized said they had it, compared to just 38% of the people surveyed who did not have to be hospitalized.

It’s so important to know when to seek emergency medical care, so here are the warning signs to look out for:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake and
  • Bluish lips or face

Now this list doesn’t cover every possible warning sign. We know that some people may have problems with speaking or problems with their sight. Or maybe you feel really foggy or you’re not thinking as sharply as you normally would. The main point here is that you seek out medical help for any symptom that is severe or worrying to you.

Complications can develop and sadly for some people, it can literally cost them an arm and a leg. Amputations can happen due to lack of oxygen, blood flow, and problems with blood pressure. Some people are having strokes or issues with blood clots. It’s even happening to young people. But thankfully, these types of serious complications are not very common.

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Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

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