New symptoms of coronavirus identified: Here's what to watch out for
According to the CDC, these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the coronavirus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indentified six new symptoms of COVID-19 infection, adding to fever, cough and shortness of breath. This addition comes as medical experts witness the growing number of ways in which the virus is affecting patients. The deadly virus has so far killed 210,000 people across the globe and scientists are still racing against time to find a vaccine.
Here are the new six signs of COVID-19 you need to watch out for:
-- Repeated shaking with chills
-- Muscle pain
-- Sore throat
-- New loss of taste or smell
The new expanded symptoms list could prove important because with a limited number of test kits available, typically those seeking a test must first show symptoms. The symptoms usually appear within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC.
The CDC has also listed the "emergency warning signs" for COVID-19 and suggested people to get immediate medical attention if they experience trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse and bluish lips or face.
The novel coronavirus has proved to be highly contagious and deadly, but the vast majority of people who become infected will show either no symptoms or only mild ones.
The US, which has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world, is poised to cross the one million mark in coming days, with the number of deaths from the disease surpassing the annual death toll for pneumonia and flu, according to the CDC.
This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) said that there is currently "no evidence" that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection.
It has been suggested that people who survive an infection may develop antibodies that can attack the virus and prevent reinfection. Antibody testing -- to show if someone has had the virus in the past -- is considered crucial in providing an exit pathway from the current lockdown, as well as providing data to those developing a vaccine.
The UN agency also warned on Monday that coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries.
“We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva, adding that a second wave of infections could be prevented with the right actions.
Tedros expressed concern that the health of children was being threatened by the impact of the coronavirus emergency on vaccination programmes for other diseases.
“Children may be at relatively low risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19 - the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus - but can be at high risk from other diseases that can be prevented with vaccines,” said Tedros.