6 New Coronavirus Symptoms the CDC Wants You to Know

It's more than just a fever, cough, and shortness of breath now.

Since the coronavirus began to hit the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been warning Americans that the three main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. But now, the CDC has updated its list of symptoms to include six more signs to look out for. As COVID-19 has continued to afflict hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S., medical and public health experts have learned about how this novel virus presents itself in curious ways—and some are more subtle than you'd think.

To learn about the six new symptoms of coronavirus the CDC want you to be aware of, read on for more. And for more information on COVID-19, check out 21 Coronavirus Myths You Need to Stop Believing, According to Doctors.


Cold woman warming up with a cup of coffee and a blanket

Many of the symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to those of the flu. For example, having the chills, or an inability to get warm, is a new symptom the CDC lists for coronavirus. And for more comparisons between coronavirus and the flu, find out How Flu Deaths and Other Common Killers Compare With Coronavirus.

Repeated shaking with chills

sick black man under a blanket looking at a thermometer

It's not just chills, but repeated shaking from the chills that is a symptom of COVID-19, according to the CDC.

Muscle pain

Upset mature middle aged woman feels back pain

Aches and pains are synonymous with having the flu, but COVID-19 also presents as muscle pain, the CDC now notes. And if your back is aching for other reasons right now, read up on The Single Best Way to Ease Your Lower Back Pain.


Woman waking up with headache

There are many reasons you could have a headache during these very trying times. But the CDC wants you to know that a headache could also be a symptom of the coronavirus.

Sore throat

Young adult man suffering from sore throat

The COVID-19 contagion primarily enters the respiratory system through your nasal passage, which can leave you with a sore throat, the CDC says.

New loss of taste or smell

Woman trying to smell a cup of coffee

Anosmia and hyposmia (loss or change in sense of smell) and dysgeusia (change in ability to taste) have been mentioned a lot in recent weeks when it comes to coronavirus symptoms. But the CDC has made it official by noting that a new loss of the sense of smell and/or taste suggests one might have the coronavirus. And for more coronavirus facts to get straight, here are 13 Actual Facts That Debunk Common Coronavirus Myths.

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