CDC now lists nine COVID-19 symptoms

Two signs posted on the door of a health clinic.
Two signs about COVID-19-related restrictions are posted on the door of a health clinic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added several new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19.
Mark Zdechlik | MPR News file

There are now nine official symptoms associated with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the symptoms were a fever, cough and trouble breathing. Now the list includes: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

But any of the symptoms themselves or together don’t necessarily warrant a trip to the emergency room, said Dr. Jon Hallberg, medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis.

People really need to seek immediate medical attention when they're having trouble breathing. It's going be hard to catch your breath, if you're having persistent pain or pressure in the chest,” Hallberg said. “If you're seeing any kind of bluish color to lips, fingertips or the face, that really indicates a low oxygen level.”

Hallberg also said that if a loved one has COVID-19 symptoms and becomes confused or difficult to wake, you may want to seek medical attention.

Use the audio player above to hear his full conversation with MPR News host Tom Crann.

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