The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has discovered new COVID-19 symptoms. The symptoms are considered new as compared to those in April.

Various media houses have reported on these three ‘added’ or ‘new’ symptoms including congestion or runny nose, nausea and diarrhoea.

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These 3 new COVID-19 symptoms have brought the total number of symptoms to 12. The previous symptoms included:

1. Fever

2. Chills

3. Cough

4. Fatigue

5. Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing

6. Muscle and body pains

7. Headache

8. New loss of taste and smell

9. Sore throat

3 new COVID-19 symptoms

The 3 new COVID-19 symptoms

1. Congestion or runny nose

2. Nausea or vomitting

3. Diarrhea

When coronavirus first hit the world, there were only three symptoms in the list, which were fever, cough and shortness of breath. Since then, the picture of the infection and resulting has vbecome more complicated.

The list above shows how difficult it can be to identify someone with the infection without proper testing. For the three ‘new’ symptoms, many different thimngs could cause congestion or a runny nose, ranging from allergies to certain medications, smoke, common cold or other types of infections not related to coronavirus.

Transmission

The primary transmission of COVID-19 is from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. These droplets are released when someone with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs. COVID-19 can also be spread when you are in close contact with someone who is sick (e.g., shaking hands or talking). A physical distance of at least 1 meter (3 ft) between persons is suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid infection, although some WHO member states have recommended maintaining greater distances whenever possible.

Respiratory droplets can land on objects or surfaces around the person when they cough or talk, and people can then become infected with COVID-19 from touching these objects or surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Recent data suggests that there can be transmission of COVID-19 through droplets of those with mild symptoms or those who do not feel ill.

Transmission based precautions are a set of practices specific for patients with known or suspected infectious agents that require additional control measures to prevent transmission. These precautions are used in addition to standard precautions.

The virus mutation over time has made it difficult to come up with a vaccine, as it adapts and changes its form. So far, there are almost 10million cases worldwide, and about half a million deaths, with the US leading with over 2.5 million cases and and 127,640 deaths.