Six new coronavirus symptoms added by US CDC


The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the US has added six new symptoms for COVID-19, which has officially killed almost 220,000 people worldwide.

The CDC said health experts are learning more about the growing number of ways physicians see the coronavirus affecting patients.

The symptoms, which the CDC report could appear two to 14 days after exposure to the coronavirus, are:

  1. Chills
  2. Repeated shaking with chills
  3. Muscle pain
  4. Headache
  5. Sore throat
  6. New loss of taste or smell

Previously, the CDC listed just three known symptoms: a shortness of breath, cough and fever. The CDC states you should get tested for the coronavirus if you have two of the newly listed symptoms.

In the US, the world’s biggest economy, the death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded 58,220 Americans as the rate of infection topped one million people, according to Reuters. Regardless, several states in the US have begun to loosen strict lockdown restrictions.

Germany, the fourth biggest economy in the world, has now seen an increase in rates of coronavirus infection after being one of the first countries to ease its lockdown restrictions. There was 1,154 cases of coronavirus infection with infection rate back up to around 1.0, meaning each infected person passes the virus on to one other, figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control showed late Tuesday (local time), The Local reported. Major businesses such as Volkswagen have resumed production.

“We do not want to have more COVID-19 cases again,” RKI President Lothar Wieler said in Berlin. “Let us continue to stay at home as much as possible, keep observing the restrictions and keep a distance of 1.5 metres from one another.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a four-phase plan to lift the national lockdown with an aim to return to normality by the end of June.

The lifting of the strict measures will begin on 4 May and will vary from region to region depending on factors such as how the rate of infection evolves, the number of intensive care beds available locally and how regions comply with distancing rules.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended the non-working lockdown in the country until 11 May, stating on national television that the infection rate has yet to peak. There were officially 6,411 new cases in Russia.

French PM Edouard Philippe also named 11 May as the day strict lockdowns are eased, however he warned it was contingent on the health situation.

“We have never in our history known this kind of situation,” Philippe said in the French parliament.

“If, as we approach May 11th, the number of daily new cases is not what we predicted, we will pay the consequences (…. and) we won’t begin to end the lockdown. We all want to avoid having to, after confining and the unwinding the lockdown, having to re-confine.”

The US still reported 25,040 new infections in the last 24 hours. Other countries with more than 2,500 new infections in 24 hours on Tuesday were Brazil (6,398), France (2,638), Russia, Spain, and the UK (3,996).

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