Was Your Cold in December Actually Coronavirus? The CDC Has the Answer

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<p>Now that our news feeds are dominated by the coronavirus, it’s hard not to see it everywhere we go—including in ourselves. Every headache, fever, cough, or sniffle is examined in a new light, knowing that <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/coronavirus-talking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>COVID-19 could be the culprit</a>.</p>
<p>That’s why so many Americans are looking back on this past winter and wondering if they’ve already had the virus. In retrospect, what you believed to be a cold or the flu might have been something far more nefarious—we just didn’t know it at the time. The good news is that if you did in fact have coronavirus, many researchers believe this could indicate <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/this-one-common-ailment-could-boost-your-coronavirus-immunity/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>some level of immunity</a> going forward (though the exact level and duration of immunity has yet to be confirmed). Getting to the bottom of last winter’s cold could prove extremely valuable as we head into a <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/second-wave-covid/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>possible second wave</a> of the virus.</p>
<p>Luckily, the CDC <a href=”https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6922e1.htm?s_cid=mm6922e1_w” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>has your answer</a>. If you’re looking back on symptoms that you experienced during the early months of this past winter, you can pretty much rule out coronavirus. In a report released on Friday, the CDC provided a timeline of earliest known cases in the U.S., explaining that the first coronavirus diagnosis unrelated to travel was confirmed in California on February 26th of this year. That patient first fell ill on February 13th.</p>
<p>The CDC used “four separate lines of evidence,” to determine that this likely points to “a single importation from China, followed by multiple importations from Europe” sometime in late January. Even if your symptoms occurred during that time frame, there were very few cases at that stage (they believe that wider spread <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/home-transmission-coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>community transmission</a> began in late February).</p>
<p>So, your medical mystery is solved! That was <em>not</em> the coronavirus you experienced in December, despite the <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/coronavirus-sore-throat/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>nasty fever or cough</a>: all the more reason to stay vigilant going forward. And for more invaluable insights from the CDC, check out these <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/inflammatory-symptoms-children/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>7 New Symptoms the CDC Says You Need to Look Out For in Your Kids</a>.</p>

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