We continue to learn more and more about COVID-19 as time goes on. Our knowledge of this new virus has grown so much since it was first discovered at the end of last year.
Coughing, shortness of breath and fever were the main COVID-19 symptoms originally listed on website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, this list was recently updated to include six new symptoms as well as some additional information.
New updates to the COVID-19 symptoms list
People with one or a combination of the following symptoms may be infected with COVID-19, according to the CDC:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Or have at least two of the following symptoms:
- Muscle pain
- New loss of smell or taste
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Sore throat
These symptoms can range from mild to severe in individuals. They usually appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus has occurred. Children seem to have mild illness, and their symptoms are similar to those found in adults.
I think I might have COVID-19, what should I do?
If you or a loved one is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, take one of these steps:
- Call your primary care provider. They will be able to help you decide on any next steps and may have you schedule a virtual appointment with them. Check out our online provider directory to find a primary care provider near you if you do not already have one.
- Sign up for a COVID-19 video visit. We are providing free COVID-19 video visits for individuals with symptoms and who may have been exposed to the virus. Visit bonsecours247.com or download the Bon Secours 24/7 app for free from the app store. Use the coupon code CARE2020 for your free COVID-19 visit.
Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you are experiencing severe shortness of breath, chest pain or any other life-threatening symptoms.
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