CDC Updates Wuhan Flu Symptom List, Which Would be an Easier Job If China Didn't Lie

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In this Jan. 10, 2017 image, Donnie Cardenas recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The San Diego County resident said he was battling a heavy cough for days before a spike his temperature sent him into the emergency room. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated the list of Wuhan coronavirus symptoms on their website, adding six new symptoms to the three listed previously. While fever, cough, and shortness of breath have been known symptoms pretty much since the beginning of the outbreak, the newest listing adds chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell to the list.

We know that not everyone infected with coronavirus will be symptomatic – in fact, in an antibody study released Friday by Miami-Dade County 50 percent of those who tested positive for antibodies hadn’t experienced symptoms – but even among the infected symptoms vary greatly. According to the CDC coronavirus symptoms page:

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.


Many of these additional symptoms have been reported on anecdotally, but this updated CDC list is important because in many places the ability to be tested hinges upon the patient’s symptoms matching the official CDC list.

It sure would have been nice if China was truthful about what was happening with this virus way back in the good old days of 2019.


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