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CDC Announced New Coronavirus Symptoms

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More than 200000 individuals have died of COVID-19 around the globe while more than 2.89 million people are diagnosed with COVID-19. Researchers believe that coronavirus infected patients are increasing day by day due to the shortage of medical care equipment and several unreported cases.

Currently, the United States is the worst affected country of COVID-19 with more than 0.9 million diagnosed cases, and more than fifty thousand deaths.

Previously the main symptoms of COVID-19 reported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and recently six new symptoms of COVID-19 are announced by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These six symptoms are muscle pain, sore throat, a loss of taste or smell, headache, chills and repeated shaking with chills.

CDC Director Tom Frieden says,

“We’re doing everything possible with the hospital, local, and state health officials to find people who may have had contact with this person so they can be evaluated as appropriate. This case reminds us that we are all connected by the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad.”

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Researchers tell that coronavirus patients can encounter several issues from mild symptoms to severe illness. The symptoms mentioned above appear after fourteen days of virus exposure. Patients might be most infectious before the appearance of symptoms in them.

The UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance says, “There’s quite a lot of transmission very early in the disease when there are very mild symptoms.”

The extended CDC list is critical. The patients must have symptoms of COVID-19 before they tested. The CDC suggests emergency warning signs when people should seek immediate medical attention including difficulty in breathing, bluish lips or face or a new “confusion or inability to arouse,” persistent pain or pressure on the chest, and other symptoms that are associated with COVID-19.

As COVID-19 has fixed its grasp on the world in the previous three months, clinical understanding of the viral infection has progressed. The World Health Organization and CDC initially encouraged the public to be keeping watch for fever, dry cough, and breathing challenges.

Then some strange symptoms were reported in the patients that are losing the sense of smell and taste and appearance of purple or blue lesions on the feet and toes of patients most commonly in young adults and children named “COVID toes.” Also, there were infrequent cases of gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea.

Even though specialists can’t pinpoint the condition, some guessed that it could be a clotting of blood vessels or a thrombotic disorder known as purpura fulminans or excess inflammation.

A few specialists reported that the infection may trigger abrupt strokes in people in their 30s and 40s, which could be an aftereffect of blood clotting issues.

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A neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, Dr. Thomas Oxley says,

“The virus seems to be causing increased clotting in the large arteries, leading to severe stroke,” 

He further said,

“Our report shows a sevenfold increase in the incidence of a sudden stroke in young patients during the past two weeks. Most of these patients have no past medical history and were at home with either mild symptoms (or in two cases, no symptoms) of COVID.” 

CDC recommends people to seek medical attention immediately if they ill with the COVID-19 symptoms and they think they have been infected with the virus. Also, people should monitor the symptoms carefully either these are the symptoms of COVID-19 or any other respiratory disease.

 

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Fariha Munir

Fariha is a Microbiology graduate and working as a freelance content writer. Her major areas of interest are nutrition, diseases, research, and medical diagnostic technologies.

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