The CDC Just Added New COVID-19 Symptoms: Ranked from Most to Least Common

As more people have contracted the novel coronavirus, doctors across the world have seen new virus symptoms emerge. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updates their site regularly with coronavirus symptoms to watch for. 

These symptoms range from subtle to severe. The CDC currently states that COVID-19 symptoms tend to begin showing up two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Though some people don’t have many or any symptoms at all, they could still be contagious. 

We’re sharing the latest CDC list of coronavirus symptoms, in order from the most common to ones that aren’t yet seen in the majority of patients. 

Currently, the CDC lists the following symptoms as the most common for novel coronavirus: 

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough (dry and wet)
  • Noticeable fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues

Remember that symptoms manifest differently in each person, and the CDC’s list could change as more people contract the virus. 

17. Fever


Fever is one of the most common early symptoms of novel coronavirus infection. Taking a person’s temperature is how many companies have determined if someone can be allowed back to work, can be on a flight, etc., during the coronavirus pandemic. 

That said, not everyone who contracts coronavirus gets a fever early on. Lisa Garagakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention for Johns Hopkins Medical, reports that early signs of coronavirus illness might not include a fever at all for some people. 


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