Additional Ways to Recognize a Covid-19 Infection

The Federal Government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released new signs that point to potential infection with the Covid-19 virus.  They include: chills, or shivering and shaking due to chills, muscle pain, sore throat and headache. 

Previously the CDC had listed symptoms in just three main areas: (1) fever; (2) cough, shortness of breath, difficulty  in breathing; and (3) new problems with one’s sense of smell or taste.   

While people who become seriously ill from coronavirus infection primarily have acute respiratory distress, other symptoms that accompany the disease can vary widely, doctors and researchers have reported.

The World Health Organization (WHO) website describes coronavirus symptoms in a slightly different way:  fever, dry cough and tiredness. “Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea,” the W.H.O. says. “These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.”

Both agencies recommend that people seek emergency medical attention if they have trouble breathing or persistent pain or pressure in the chest. The C.D.C. also says that immediate medical attention should be sought if people experience sudden confusion, cannot be aroused or if their lips or face turn a bluish color.

*The information for this article was obtained from a release in the New York Times by Pam Belluck April 28, 2020, Section A, Page 10. 

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  1. Mikaia says

    There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. More information about differences between flu and COVID-19 is available in the different sections below.

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