CDC Expands List of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms

CDC Expands List of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its list of coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms to include:

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

Previously, symptoms were limited to fever, cough and shortness of breath. The complete list can be found on the CDC’s Symptoms of Coronavirus webpage.

The CDC also notes that the list of symptoms is not all inclusive and that individuals should consult their medical providers about other symptoms that are severe or concerning. As more is learned about the virus, additional symptoms could be added to the list.

Employer Action Steps

Employers should be aware of these additional symptoms as part of their ongoing efforts to reduce transmission among employees and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. They should be sure to have a written communicable disease plan or policy that accounts for any symptoms identified by the CDC.

Employers may also have to revisit their paid leave policies, as these symptoms are used, in part, to determine employee eligibility for paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

 

 

Download the complete “CDC Expands List of COVID-19 Symptoms” – pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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