CDC quietly added to its list of COVID symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, and congestion

It appears that the list of symptoms officially changed on May 13.

COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms, apparently much broader than we originally thought. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was officially added to the list of possible COVID symptoms in May, and we are only now beginning to notice the new additions:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These were added to the existing list of symptoms that included:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or odor.
  • Sore throat

More and more information is available about the disease, so of course CDC and other health experts are constantly reviewing your data. In fact, CDC states the same on its page: “This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.”

The additions of stuffy / runny nose, nausea / vomiting, and diarrhea are significant because they change our assessment of our own symptoms and our overall health, and consequently, our risk of unknowingly spreading the virus to those around us. The wide range of symptoms is also confusing, as someone who thought they had a stomach flu or a mild cold may have had the coronavirus all along. Symptoms develop differently in each person.

What you think? Did you know that the CDC had officially added to the list of coronavirus symptoms? Tell us in the comments!

* We conducted a survey here in our office, and less than 20 percent of our employees knew that CDC had changed its official list of symptoms.