As the rate of new coronavirus cases climbs and the White House Coronavirus Task Force once again holds a public briefing after a two-month break, the US Centers for Disease Control has added new symptoms to its list of signs that a person could have COVID-19.
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Here is the CDC's newly adjusted list of symptoms that may signal COVID-19:
- Congestion or runny nose
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
The CDC cautions that someone showing any of these signs should seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
The adjusted list of symptoms reflects the federal government's and health care officials' growing understanding of the virus.
"In all the decades I've been involved in chasing infectious diseases, I've never seen anything so protean in its ability to make people sick or not," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during the June 26 task force briefing. "There's no other infectious disease that goes from 40% of people have no symptoms to some having mild symptoms to some having severe."
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