Researchers are continually learning more about COVID-19, and as they learn information about signs, symptoms and watch to watch for, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates this information on their website.

When we first started really paying attention to COVID-19, there were only a few symptoms to watch for: shortness of breath, coughing and a fever. We believed that if someone had different symptoms, like a runny nose, chills, or body aches, it probably wasn’t COVID-19 but a cold or the flu.

Over time, that has changed. Back in April, the CDC added 6 symptoms to the list: sore throat, headache, muscle aches, chills, shaking with chills and loss of sense of taste or smell.

Okay, so we thought that was the complete list, but it’s an ever-changing situation since this virus is so new and we still have so much to learn. The CDC reminds us, “This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.”

The list of symptoms keeps growing. It appears that 3 more symptoms were quietly added to the CDC’s list back in May. These new symptoms are diarrhea, nausea and runny nose or congestion.

Is it just us or does it seem like there are a lot of potential symptoms for COVID-19? Many of these symptoms overlap with the common cold, the flu and even seasonal allergies which can leave many people panicking every time they cough. 

If you think you might have symptoms of COVID-19, it’s a good idea to call your doctor and explain any symptoms you are experiencing. Discuss if you should get tested. Also, remember that the severity of symptoms can range from mild to severe. Different people react differently. 

The CDC website states, “Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.”

If you experience any emergency symptoms, the CDC stresses that it is very important to seek medical attention right away. These symptoms include confusion, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, trouble breathing, inability to wake up or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.

Are you surprised that there are new symptoms for COVID-19?