New information on Coronavirus symptoms

By Diana Fedinec
March 24, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, health care professionals are noticing and reporting new symptoms associated with those infected by the infectious disease.

Southwest’s resident microbiologist and Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, Dr. Massoumeh Hooshdaran, is informing everyone to be on the lookout for loss of taste and smell as a sudden and telltale sign you may be infected with the Coronavirus.

Citing a growing number of cases around the globe, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and ENT UK each issued warnings about patients who tested positive for COVID-19 with the only symptom being a lost or altered sense of smell or taste.

Other anecdotal information gathered from nurses who treated patients at the Life Care Center in Washington, the initial epicenter of the Coronavirus in the United States, detected red eyes in patients who were very sick. Red eyes as an issue has not officially been declared a symptom by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology alerted members that there are reports coronavirus is associated with conjunctivitis, which can cause eye reddening, according to CNN.

Keep informed of new developments in detecting and treating COVID-19 through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 website.

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