Latest Symptoms of COVID-19

As of the latest updates, the symptoms of COVID-19 have remained consistent even with the emergence of new variants like Eris (EG.5) and omicron BA.2.86. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities continue to monitor and report these symptoms. Here is a comprehensive list of symptoms individuals should watch for:

  1. Fever or chills
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. Fatigue
  5. Muscle or body aches
  6. Headache
  7. New loss of taste or smell
  8. Sore throat
  9. Congestion or runny nose
  10. Diarrhea
  11. Nausea or vomiting

These symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. It’s important to note that these symptoms can also be indicative of other illnesses, and testing is recommended to confirm COVID-19 infection.

Severe Symptoms of COVID-19:

Severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Long COVID Symptoms:

For some individuals, symptoms can persist for weeks or even months after recovery, known as long COVID or post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC). Common long COVID symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Fast-beating heart (heart palpitations)
  • Symptoms that worsen after physical or mental activities
  • Pins-and-needles feeling
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in taste and smell
  • Fever
  • Dizziness when standing up
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Rash
  • Mood changes
  • Headache
  • Changes in menstrual cycles
  • Brain fog
  • Depression and anxiety


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This article provides a comprehensive overview of the latest known symptoms of COVID-19, including the common, severe, and long COVID symptoms. It’s crucial for individuals to stay informed about these symptoms as the pandemic continues and new variants emerge. If you experience any of these symptoms, especially the severe ones, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, always refer to official health sources like the CDC or your local health department.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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