As India reported 1,463 fresh cases and 60 new deaths due to Coronavirus, the (CDC) Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recently added six new symptoms to the novel Coronavirus.
It includes intense chills, muscle pain, headache, pink eyes, sore throat and loss of smell or taste; it may show up between 2-14 days after the Coronavirus exposure.
Earlier, the CDC’s three symptoms of the virus were fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC move now means more people will now have to be tested based on these symptoms.
India already considers some of these — fever, dry cough, breathing difficulty — as symptoms and also tests all persons with influenza-like symptoms or with respiratory issues (SARI).
However as per experts, immediate hospitalisation is required if there is trouble in breathing, pressure or persistent pain in chest, confusion, bluish lips or face as signs.
The government says that the hospitals and isolations centres are getting overwhelmed. Due to Coronavirus patients asymptomatic and very mild patients can stay in isolation in their own homes following a doctor’s recommendation.
However all close contacts of COVID-19 cases has to take hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) prophylaxis as prescribed by the treating medical officer.
They should also have Aarogya Setu app on their mobiles and it should remain active at all times so that they are monitored regularly by the district surveillance officer. Patients under home isolation can step out only after symptoms are clinically resolved and the surveillance medical officer certifies him/her to be free of infection following laboratory testing.
-Davinder Singh, NMTV News