The Centers for Disease Control now lists 11 potential symptoms for coronavirus, including congestion or a runny nose.
As the rate of new coronavirus cases climbs and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reconvenes after a nearly two-month break, the US Centers for Disease Control has added new symptoms to its list of signs that a person could have the COVID-19 illness.
"People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported," the CDC reports, "ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus."
The CDC added congestion or runny nose to the list of now 11 symptoms that may signal someone has COVID-19:
Congestion or runny nose
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Nausea or vomiting
New loss of taste or smell
The CDC cautions that someone is showing any of these signs to seek emergency medical care immediately:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
The expanded list reflects the federal government's and health care officials' growing understanding of the virus.
"In all the decades I've been involved in chasing infectious diseases, I've never seen anything so protean in its ability to make people sick or not," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during the June 26 task force briefing. "There's no other infectious disease that goes from 40% of people have no symptoms to some having mild symptoms to some having severe."
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