As widespread testing offers the key to safely reopening businesses and medical services, like our Aloha family dental office, throughout Oregon, people must continue to avoid heading out into public when feeling the symptoms of the coronavirus. To this point, the list of symptoms related to the disease have been rather short: cough, fever, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. However, as more is learned about the virus, health experts continue to find out more information regarding the disease.
The CDC has now added several new symptoms to the list for what the coronavirus can cause to include: muscle pain, chills, headache, sore throat, a loss of smell or taste, and repeated shaking due to the chills.
This expanded list of symptoms could help those determining whether they’re exhibiting symptoms related to the virus whether to seek out a test. With so few test available to the public currently, those who want to take a test typically need to be showing symptoms of the virus to justify receiving a test.
While a fever and persistent cough remain the most obvious symptoms, alone they are not always enough to justify a patient receive a test. This has lead researchers to find additional symptoms reported by patients with confirmed cases of the virus to help further improve our diagnostic capabilities.
As recently as April, reports began to circle indicating that patients with COVID-19 were reporting a loss of taste or small, as well as muscle pain, headache, and chills.
The CDC’s coronavirus website continues to indicate that symptoms appear to manifest within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Significantly, the emergency signs of COVID include difficulty breathing, persistent pressure of pain in the chest, bluish lips or face, and confusion or an inability move. People who show these types of symptoms need to receive immediate medical care, according to the CDC.
Our Understanding of the Virus Continues to Evolve
Even as these new symptoms are added to what we know about COVID-19, they do not encapsulate all of what the disease can cause.
“This list is not all inclusive,” writes the CDC on their coronavirus website. “Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you,” added the agency.
Additionally, older adults and those with certain underlying medical conditions such as lung or heat disease seem to have a higher risk for contracting the disease and developing more serious complications from the virus, reports the CDC. People with these underlying conditions need to take additional precautions to avoid contracting the disease and continue to closely monitor their health for any of the known symptoms of the virus.
As researchers continue to learn more about the virus, further symptoms are expected to be discovered. Reports have already started to develop regarding gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, as being a potential symptom.
Other reports have noted blue or purple lesions on the toes and feet of patients, most commonly found in young adults and children, which are being referred to as “COVID toes.” The CDC has also received reports that COVID patients are likely to develop pink eye, as well.
Despite the increase in new symptoms, health experts ask that people continue to remain calm and not assume that any change in health is related to the virus. Even during a pandemic, other illnesses can circulate, and it’s important that people not overreact should they develop symptoms that don’t relate to the disease.
We’ll Get Through This Together
As businesses like our Aloha family dental office and others begin to open back up across Oregon starting in May and June, we all need to keep our health, and the health of others, in mind whenever we start to leave the home. Knowing the symptoms of COVID-19 becomes especially important considering how many cases of the virus are asymptomatic or present very few serious symptoms. By knowing all of the supposed symptoms, not just the fever and cough, can help to better protect us all from the virus.