The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to have recently added three new symptoms of the novel coronavirus to its ongoing list.
Congestion or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea now join the federal health agency’s list that already included fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell and sore throat. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Please immediately seek care if you experience symptoms such as trouble breathing, persistent pain, or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake and bluish lips or face.
“This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19,” per the CDC.
Let’s cover the basics! What is a novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
Why is the disease called COVID-19?
On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for the disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
Where can you get tested in Indiana?
If you’re wondering where you can go to get a COVID-19 test, the Indiana State Department of Health has created a map of every testing site in the state.
The state is also opening up 20 new testing sites across the state. The new sites will be available for anybody symptomatic for COVID-19, or in close contact with people positive for the virus.
Registration for the new sites is now open. Click here for more information. You can also call 888-634-1116.