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New COVID-19 Symptoms Added to List, Study Finds


By now, everyone knows the common early signs of COVID-19: Fever, shortness of breath, a dry cough. But three lesser-known symptoms may also indicate a coronavirus infection, a new study has found.

Researchers looked at the presenting symptoms of nearly 12,000 people who were tested for COVID-19 at five New York City emergency departments. Of the patients who tested positive, those well-known symptoms were the most common: fever (74% reported this), shortness of breath (68%), and cough (65%).

But a majority of positive COVID-19 cases were accompanied by more obscure signs: weakness (58%), poor blood sugar control (56%) and gastrointestinal symptoms (51%).


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