This week, the CDC added several new symptoms
to its existing list for COVID-19.
By now, everyone should know the big three symptoms
to watch for: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
But it turns out, that’s not all!
The CDC just identified six more symptoms
that may come with the disease:
Repeated shaking with chills,
Sore throat, and
New loss of taste or smell.
Why is this important?
While testing supplies were limited, most people had to show one of the big three symptoms to get tested for COVID-19. This means there were likely hundreds of thousands of additional people who had the virus (with other symptoms) but never got tested. The expanded list will lead to more testing.
When are the symptoms an emergency?
The CDC continues to stress the importance of recognizing the “emergency warning signs” for COVID-19. You should call 911 right away if you notice any of these signs:
- Trouble breathing,
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
- Confusion or inability to arouse,
- Bluish lips or face.
What is the Caregiver’s role in prevention?
As citizens, we ALL have a responsibility to do what we can to prevent the spread of the virus. But, caregivers play an even more critical role. Caregivers have access to many of our nation’s most vulnerable people—the elderly, disabled, and frail.
In some cases, caregivers may be the only link between a client and the outside world. That means they must do what they can to keep themselves healthy so they do not infect their clients. And they have to be able to recognize the symptoms and get help early for anyone showing signs.
A FREE HANDOUT!
We’ve updated our Coronavirus Handout to include the new symptoms. Feel free to download and distribute this free tool to caregivers, clients, and their families.