Based on observations from doctors who treated thousands of patients in the pandemic, the Federal Health Office changed its website to include the following symptoms as possible indicators of Covid-19 infection caused by the coronavirus:
repeated shaking with chills
and new taste or smell loss.
Previously, only three symptoms were listed: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The C.D.C. added the six symptoms earlier this month new recommendations were issued by an organization of public health epidemiologists responsible for defining which infectious diseases are tracked and reported to the agency. The organization, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists or C.S.T.E., recommended that Covid-19 be considered a nationally reportable disease and gave guidelines on how cases should be defined and identified.
The group’s recommendations state that cases should be reported if there are positive laboratory tests, but also if there are clinical symptoms that meet one of several threshold values. One category concerns people with cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Another affects people with two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shivers, muscle aches, headaches, sore throats, or new taste and smell dysfunctions. Cases of people in both categories should only be reported as likely to be Covid-19 if there is no other more plausible diagnosis, the recommendations say.
While people who are critically ill with coronavirus infection mostly suffer from acute shortness of breath, other symptoms associated with the disease can vary widely, doctors and researchers have reported.
For example, it has been found that many people with Covid-19 do not have a fever, or that their fever increases and decreases and is sometimes accompanied by chills.
Shortness of breath can occur at the same time as other symptoms, or suddenly appear a week or even 10 days after the appearance of more manageable symptoms such as cough and pain.
Some people report a remarkable loss of smell and taste that can also occur with other respiratory infections.
The revised C.D.C. The list differs somewhat from the symptoms World Health Organization on his website. The WHO. says the most common symptoms are fever, dry cough, and fatigue. “Some patients may experience pain, nasal congestion, sore throat, or diarrhea,” said the W.H.O. says. “These symptoms are usually mild and start gradually.”
Both authorities recommend people to see an emergency doctor if they have difficulty breathing or persistent pain or chest pressure. The C.D.C. also says that immediate medical attention should be sought if people are suddenly confused, unable to get excited, or if their lips or face are bluish in color.