Wednesday June 24, 2020, 9:20 am
By: CBS News
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in many parts of the country, health officials say it is important to know what symptoms to watch out for. Although COVID-19 is commonly known as a respiratory illness, many patients experience a wide range of different symptoms.
Last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA They added congestion, nausea, and diarrhea to their list of possible symptoms of COVID-19.
“People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to serious illness,” says the CDC on its website. “Symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.”
In April, when the CDC added six new symptoms to its list, a runny nose was thought to rarely occur in COVID-19 patients. Now, “stuffy or runny nose” is included among the symptoms. The CDC list includes:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches.
- New loss of taste or odor.
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The CDC cautions that this list “does not include all possible symptoms” and will continue to update as more is known about COVID-19. It still recommends that people seek medical attention immediately if they develop any of these emergency warning signs:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
- New confusion
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
The agency urges those who believe they are ill to stay home, except to seek medical attention and to separate from others.
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“Most people with COVID-19 have a mild illness and can recover at home without medical attention. Do not leave your home except for medical attention. Do not visit public areas,” says the CDC in its guide on what to do. if you are sick.
Older people and people with chronic health conditions like diabetes are at increased risk for serious illness, and the disease has also disproportionately affected Black, Latino, and Native American communities.
As of Wednesday, more than 2.3 million people in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins. The United States has the highest number of cases of any country in the world, which represents a fifth of new infections worldwide. The next closest country, Brazil, has 1.1 million cases.
Half of all states now average more new cases each day than in weeks. The unfortunate trend is now reinforced by an increase in cases in the south and west.
Florida and Texas have established daily records of positive tests and the number of hospitalizations is increasing. The governor of none of the states has issued state mandates that require people to wear masks in public.
The CDC says, “Everyone should wear a cloth face covering when they have to go out in public,” especially in places where other measures of social distancing are difficult to maintain. That’s crucial because recent studies show that a significant proportion of people can transmit the virus to others even if they are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t have any symptoms or pre-symptoms, meaning they later developed symptoms.
“The virus can spread among people who interact in the vicinity, for example, talking, coughing, or sneezing, even if those people have no symptoms,” says the CDC.
Despite this guide, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said he will not change the state’s reopening plan or enact a mandatory mask order at the state level. And in an executive order dated June 3, Texas Governor Greg Abbott prohibited local governments from making the use of masks mandatory.
However, as hospitalizations continue to rise in Texas, Abbott on Monday urged residents to follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask. “I know that some people think that wearing a mask is inconvenient or a violation of liberty. But I also know that it will keep Texas open,” he said.