By Daniel B. Klein, Adam R. YoungPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Image from CDC.

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the last two weeks, the CDC has updated the list of symptoms for COVID-19 on several occasions, eliminating the “two or more” list and adding “less common” symptoms and emergency warning signs.

The CDC has cautioned that individuals with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic, have mild symptoms, or have severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  As of May 26, 2020, CDC lists common COVID-19 symptoms as:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC has also cautioned there are other possible symptoms that are not included on the current list. The CDC has been regularly updating and modifying the list.

Finally, the CDC cautions that individuals should seek immediate medical attention immediately if they have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Employers should be closely tracking CDC guidance and updating their screening tools to minimize the number of symptomatic individuals in the workplace, and prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Seyfarth has developed numerous Return to Work tools to help employers maintain healthy and safe workplaces.  For more information on this or any related topic, please contact the authors, your Seyfarth attorney, or any member of the Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA/MSHA) Team.