Updated Symptoms for COVID-19

I just heard on the news that the CDC has updated their symptom list for COVID-19 .. there isn’t a date to confirm if there’s anything new-new (some are new to me). The list includes:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The other bit that looks updated is “Should you Get Tested” .. but note that the only reason to run to the hospital is if you’re showing severe symptoms. That said, “I’m not a Doctor ..” check with yours.

Other guidance that has surfaced takes into account when you may felt any of these symptoms for them to be relevant .. some notes:

Other areas may have had returning visitors from Asia in or around that timeframe .. but at the time we weren’t actively looking for it. There were also some early deaths attributed to pneumonia .. some are being investigated, I’m sure, but these are lower priority than getting testing going.

Recall the virus transmits asymptomatically .. carriers don’t know they have it. This suggests we may be able to surmise the earliest you could have had it (barring returning from Wuhan yourself) is sometime in January. So:

  • If you had similar symptoms in the November-December timeframe, it was most likely a cold or the flu.
  • If you had similar symptoms in the January-February timeframe, it could have been COVID-19 and you may have fought it off with minor discomfort. You also might have the antibodies.

While New York is Ground Zero for the US impact and the broadest testing thus far, they are finding antibody-positive rates as high as 14% from a sample across the state (references to this in “It Takes A Village .. And An Army“) .. this suggests that these people are now immune and could return to work. Still some unknowns:

  • We don’t know ‘how’ immune. Forever? Or for a little while?
  • We don’t know if they can still ‘shed’ the virus if they are exposed again.

I go a bit deeper in “The Resolved” .. albeit this is an earlier post. The main point I land therein is “Testing, Testing, Testing“.

We need more tests.

Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay home.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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