How do you battle an enemy that you can't see? Apparently, you do it just the way Louisiana and the rest of the nation and the world are doing it. We are making strides against COVID-19, the coronavirus, but while we're making strides against the disease we are still learning more about the enemy itself.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated its list of symptoms associated with the coronavirus. The CDC had previously only noted that fever, cough, and shortness of breath as symptoms. The six new symptoms now include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and a new loss of taste or smell.  These changes were chronicled in a story published by KLFY television.

The CDC also announced that the "shortness of breath" symptom has been expanded to include "shortness of breath or difficulty breathing". Here's the way the full list of symptoms as acknowledged by the CDC now looks.

  • 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 issue in diagnosing patients with COVID-19 has to do with the wide variance that these symptoms produce. Some people get very mild symptoms while others develop a very serious illness.

The CDC guidance still suggests that the onset of symptoms is most likely to occur within two to fourteen days of exposure. The CDC recommends you seek emergency treatment if you develop any of these emergency warning signs.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

CDC and World Health Organization guidance still suggest that about 80% of all COVID-19 cases are mild and do not require hospitalization. However, about one in five who get the disease do become seriously ill.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to announce changes to Louisiana's fight against the virus in a news conference planned for later today. Sources suggest that Edwards will unveil a plan that allows for a gradual reopening of the state's economy beginning on May 1st.


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