Over the past month or so, most of us have become familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s commonly cited list of coronavirus symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
According to NPR, the CDC has now added six new coronavirus symptoms to its official list: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Like the original symptoms, these may appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus.
These new symptoms aren’t surprising. In late March, British physicians released data warning that loss of smell, also known as anosmia, and consequent loss of taste, could be an indication of coronavirus infection. And many who have been infected with the coronavirus have described experiencing chills, body aches, sore throat, as well as additional symptoms not currently on the CDC’s list. (Recently, some doctors have raised alarm over dark lesions on the feet and toes, which they believe could be an early sign of infection and have nicknamed “COVID toes.” As of now, this symptom is still based solely on anecdotal evidence.)
And then there’s still the possibility that you may be infected with the coronavirus and never show symptoms at all. Though we don’t know the exact percentage of how many people with the coronavirus are asymptomatic, studies show that the number isn’t insignificant: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci has estimated that 25 percent to 50 percent of cases may be asymptomatic.