Nausea, diarrhoea and a runny nose have been added to the growing list of coronavirus symptoms.
The symptoms are likely to appear two to 14 days after being exposed to the bug and range from mild to very severe.
America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added the three new symptoms to the already wide range on their website.
It comes as almost 10million people have been infected by the bug worldwide with nearly 500,000 deaths.
It appears the official change to the list of symptoms were secretly added to the CDC website on May 13, according to OurCommunityNow.
The CDC reports that anyone with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
* Fever or chills
* A cough
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Muscle or body aches
* New loss of taste or smell
* Sore throat
* Congestion or runny nose
* Nausea or vomiting
“This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19,” the website states.
The US federal department also warned that:
“Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.”
Five emergency warning signs for COVID-19 are also listed on the website and anyone showing the symptoms are urged to seek immediate medical care.
The warning signs to be aware of include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
Back in April, six new symptoms were added to the CDC’s list of possible signs of COVID-19.
Until then, a dry cough and fever were the only officially recognised symptoms of the virus.
COVID19: Kaduna Poly ready to reopen – Rector
Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje on Thursday said the institution under his leadership has taken all necessary measures and set for safe re-opening for students once it gets the Federal government’s nod.
Professor Bugaje, who made the disclosure in an interview with journalists at the Polytechnic’s main campus, said the institution has produced its own sanitizing machine and acquired advanced technology that can measure temperature.
According to him:
“We have an Ultraviolet, UV based sanitizer. We are using that with 210 nanometers. This bandwidth of ultraviolet radiation is not harmful to the eyes or skin. So by the time you pass through this machine, any type of germs or virus in your body will be killed.”
He added that the institution has a very robust clinic to accommodate sick patients and all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been put in place.
The Rector, however, said that the institution would be relying heavily on the state isolation Centres;
“So that whenever there is a case we can immediately refer them there. If we have any suspected case we have ambulances that can convey them to the isolation Centre.”
Commending the Rector for a job well-done in institution, umbrella body of the Polytechnic students, the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), expressed appreciation to the Kaduna Polytechnic management for fast-tracking efforts to reopen the school.
NAPS National President, Sunday A Asuku expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness exhibited so far by Kaduna Polytechnic, saying that, “with temporary isolation centre in view, massive procurement of face mask for students, additional exit gate to avert congestion, automatic and manual hand washing and sanitizing machines all in place, the institution has set the pace for others.
According to him:
“Our Leadership carried out independent facility assessment tour of Kaduna Polytechnic, an initiative of NAPS National leadership to ascertain level of readiness by respective management authorities across the country in preparation for post Covid-19 academic resumption. These we are doing to ensure safety and wellbeing of teeming Nigerian Polytechnic students upon resumption for academic pursuit as we face post COVID-19 era, and also to convince federal government to hasten the reopening of our institutions.”
17 hospital pharmacists test positive for COVID-19
Seventeen front line pharmacists across the country have tested positive for COVID-19, with two dying from complications of the disease.
The development is coming one month after six front line pharmacists across the country reportedly got infected and presently recuperating in isolation centres.
A source told PUNCH HealthWise that hospital pharmacists in Edo (7) and Lagos (5) states accounted for 60 per cent of the cases.
Others were Bayelsa (2), Akwa Ibom (1), Ebonyi (1) and Rivers (1).
While noting that most of the affected pharmacists were front line health workers in federal hospitals and isolation centres, the source said inadequate personal protective equipment, late payment of hazard allowances and poor training of health officials, especially those combating the disease, contributed to the problems.
“As we speak, only very few institutions have N95 face masks. Some are provided with cloth face masks to complement the inadequacies, even when it was obvious that those cloth masks could not offer any form of protection against COVID-19.
“Many of us procured the PPE out of our own pockets, as few centres provide gowns, face shield and goggles. You need to visit some of these facilities to fully understand our plight,” he added.
When contacted, the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria confirmed the report, saying that conventional drug stores are also unsafe, as there thousands of community pharmacists who are daily exposed to pre-clinical or asymptomatic patients who still see pharmacies as their first port of call.
AHAPN chairman, Dr. Kingsley Amibor, also lamented that two deaths recorded was as a result of complications from COVID-19.
He attributed the loss of the health workers to inadequate protective personal equipment and poor funding in isolation centres and health facilities battling COVID-19 in the country.
“Aside from inadequate PPE, we have also been complaining about space constraints, making it difficult to practise patient confidentiality; poor funding for drug procurement, inequitable remuneration and no opportunity for pharmacovigilance,” Amibor said.
Coronavirus kills 584,355, infects 13,582,690 in 196 countries
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 584,355 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Thursday.
At least 13,582,690 cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 7,414,000 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation, probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.
The United States is the worst-hit country with 137,419 deaths from 3,499,291 cases. At least 1,075,882 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 75,366 deaths from 1,966,748 cases, Britain with 45,053 deaths from 291,911 cases, Mexico with 36,906 deaths from 317,635 cases, and Italy with 34,997 deaths from 243,506 cases.
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 83,612 cases, including 4,634 deaths, and 78,719 recoveries.
Europe overall has 204,036 deaths from 2,889,954 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 152,001 deaths from 3,561,231 infections and the United States and Canada 146,259 deaths from 3,608,012 cases.
Asia has registered 46,283 deaths from 1,903,551 cases, the Middle East 21,592 deaths from 962,305 cases, Africa 14,042 deaths from 645,249 cases, and Oceania 142 deaths from 12,393 cases.
As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.
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