Covid-19: Symptoms Now Number 11; Here's Latest Rundown From CDC

When COVID-19 cases first were identified in the United States in March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed just three symptoms for the novel coronavirus:



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  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Now, nearly five years later, the virus remains an everyday part of American life, with about 1,000 deaths from the disease nationwide each week.

As COVID has evolved, mainly from the highly contagious Omicron strain and several of its subvariants, the CDC's updated list of symptoms for the virus now numbers 11.

They are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC notes the list does not include all possible symptoms.

People with COVID have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild to severe illness -- the CDC added, saying that symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. 

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