The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added 3 new symptoms of COVID-19, broadened guidance on who is at risk, while separately, a new study has found COVID-19 causes strokes and psychosis.
This week, the CDC officially added three new symptoms of the novel coronavirus to its list. They are:
Symptoms that were already on the list previously are:
Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, and a new loss of taste or smell.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broadened its guidelines on Thursday for which individuals are at risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19 infection.
CDC Director Robert Redfield said that serology testing performed by the agency now suggests that roughly 20 million Americans, about 6% of the population, have already contracted COVID-19, Stat News reported.
Despite earlier advice to the contrary, the CDC now says young people are neither immune nor at zero risk of severe infection.
Jay Butler, incident manager for the CDC’s Covid-19 response, says it is not only mainly those who are 65 and older who face a high risk of severe COVID-19 infection. He states that young people who have an underlying illness or health condition, including obesity or diabetes, have an elevated risk.
The CDC is now warning that pregnant women may be 50% more likely to be hospitalized with severe coronavirus and a 70% higher risk of needing a ventilator.
A new, small, preliminary study has found troubling concerns about how COVID-19 may cause damage to the brain, suggesting the need for more research.
A UK study was published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal on Thursday, found a link between COVID-19 and brain complications, including stroke and psychosis, Reuters reported.
The small study examined data from 125 cases across the UK between April 2 and April 26, when the disease was spreading exponentially in the UK.
The most common brain complication researchers found was stroke, which occurred in 77 of 125 patients. That finding alone is alarming, because it suggests that 61% of people suffering from severe COVID-19 infections suffer a cerebrovascular accident (CVA).
Additionally, the study found that 39 out of the 125 patients, nearly a third, demonstrated symptoms of confusion or a change in behavior which reflected an altered mental state.
Out of this roughly 31%, nine of those patients had unspecified brain dysfunction, otherwise known as encephalopathy, and seven of those had encephalitis, inflammation of the brain.