Here are 3 ‘new’ symptoms of the Covid-19 coronavirus to make 12

New is a relative term. A planet that formed a couple of years ago could still be new. Sushi that was formed a couple of years ago, not so much.

Therefore, there are three “new” symptoms in Coronavirus Symptoms on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are “new” when compared to the list in late April, which had covered Forbes. However, they may have been on the CDC’s list for a while, possibly as early as May 13, according to the CDC’s “What’s New” website.

Regardless, during the last day or two, various media outlets, such as The hill and CBS13, I have reported on these the following “added” or “new” symptoms: stuffy or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea.

These additions have brought the total on the list to 11 or 12, depending on whether you list the fever and chills separately. Here is the list:

  1. Fever
  2. Cold
  3. Cough
  4. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  5. Fatigue
  6. Muscle or body aches.
  7. Headache
  8. New loss of taste or smell.
  9. Sore throat
  10. Stuffy or runny nose
  11. Nausea or vomiting
  12. Diarrhea

Don’t read too much in the order of the list. These are not classifications in any way.

Remember when the list had only three symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath or shortness of breath? Yes, those were simpler times. Since then, the picture of infection and resulting disease has become much more complicated.

This list shows how difficult it can be to identify someone with the infection without proper testing. Neither of these symptoms would be pathognomonic for Covid-19. Which harmonic way? New York Philharmonic Trail? No, pathognomonic, which is a medical term. It means “having to do with a specific sign or symptom of a certain disease,” according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Rather, the 12 symptoms on the CDC list could occur with many different diseases and conditions.

This is certainly true for all three “new” symptoms. For example, many different things can cause a stuffy or runny nose (or a runny nose if you have more than one nose). They range from allergies to certain medications to tobacco smoke, the common cold or other types of infections, eating a spicy dish, pregnancy, or a foreign body in the nose. Some of these may be more obvious than others. If you are 37 weeks pregnant, there are usually other accompanying signs besides a runny nose. Likewise, if you have a foreign body on your nose, like a potato chip, there are usually other clues, such as wondering what happened to the potato chips that was on your plate. However, in other situations, it can be difficult to know what exactly is causing the stuffy nose or runny nose. Also, you could always have more than one thing at the same time, like allergies and a Covid-19 coronavirus infection.

Therefore, don’t just use the CDC list to determine if you have a Covid-19 coronavirus infection. It is not a replacement for testing. It is not a replacement for a doctor who reviews your history and examines you.

At the same time, do not use this list to rule out a Covid-19 coronavirus infection. Just because you don’t have any of the listed symptoms doesn’t mean you’re not infected. You may have a symptom that is not yet on this list. As doctors learn more and more about this disease, there is a good chance that this list will lengthen. Also, you could be infected and contagious and have no symptoms. Or you could have relatively mild symptoms without even realizing it.

So today, you can never say for sure that you are not infected and contagious. You can’t say, “oh, I don’t need to wear a mask to protect myself from others because there’s no way I can be contagious.” Well, you can say it, but you would be wrong.