The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted our lives exactly 2 years ago. The NHS has updated the official list of COVID-19 symptoms and has added 9 new symptoms which include headache, sore throat, and lethargy.
The healthcare provider earlier had listed three official symptoms: high temperature, persistent cough, and a loss or change in taste or smell. The decision to expand the list of symptoms from three to 12 came just days after free testing for coronavirus ended in England.
According to NHS, people should watch out for these nine symptoms:
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- aching body
- sore throat
- blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
The NHS website states that the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as cold and flu.
Covid-19 infection in the UK is at a record level with around 4.9 million people testing positive for the virus, according to the BBC. The NHA, however, said that people should stay at home and avoid others only if they have covid symptoms and they do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities
As per Zoe Covid’s symptom tracker, in omicron infection, the loss of taste and smell is less common in infected people.
Since the virus’s emergence two years ago, the UK has had only three symptoms on the list, despite other organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States having longer symptom lists for some time.
The World Health Organization mentions 13 symptoms, four of which are not recognized by the NHS: a rash or discoloration of the fingers or toes, red or irritated eyes, loss of speech or mobility, and chest pain.
(Inputs by agencies)