When it comes to covid-19, we are still discovering a whole lot of things. Right from how long it can stay on surfaces to how it DOES NOT spread—researchers the world over are studying SARS-Cov-2 (the virus responsible for the highly contagious covid-19) to shed some light on the pandemic. And now the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) is adding to this list of discoveries by sharing new symptoms of the disease.
America’s top health body, the CDC added six new symptoms of covid-19 to its website—updating the already existing list, which included fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing.
The CDC also now says that, if you have any two of the following symptoms, the you could have covid-19:
Loss of smell and taste are being considered as key symptoms in covid-19 diagnosis
A British study had previously found that loss of smell and taste could be early indicators of covid-19. The study’s findings were based on data from South Korea where about 30% of covid-19 patients with mild infection showcased the symptoms.
A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, also concurs that the loss of smell might indicate a mild to moderate covid-19 infection.
The WHO, however, is yet to update its advisory. While several studies are shedding light on fresh symptoms of covid-19, the world’s premier health body, World Health Organisation, is yet to update its website to mention sensory changes, tremors, and chills as symptoms.
Studies also state pink eye to be a symptom of covid-19
Interestingly enough, a paper published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that covid-19 can also spread through eyes and pink eye (or conjunctivitis) can be a symptom of the viral infection.
Although based on preliminary reports from the Hubei province of China, the study found that 12 out of 38 patients had ocular manifestations as well, namely conjunctivitis and increased secretions.
So, should you be worried?
The fact that the covid-19 pandemic is slowly and steadily changing the world as we know it is harrowing. And of course, the fear of catching the disease is valid. But don’t let all this data and findings drive you into panic mode.
Rather, do what you have been doing all this time to keep yourself safe: practice social distancing, take preventive measures like washing your hands frequently, and call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. Stay calm and stay safe.