The NHS has expanded the official list of COVID-19 symptoms to include nine new ones. New symptoms include sore throat, lethargy and headache.
According to the NHS website, they join the other three symptoms of a fever, new and persistent cough and loss or change of taste or smell.
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List expansion can help minimize infections by allowing individuals to identify if they have Covid.
The number of people infected with Covid has reached an all-time high in the UK, with around 5 million people expected to be sick.
The new panels are:
- Shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- A sore body
- A headache
- A sore throat
- A stuffy or runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- feel sick or be ill
The website adds that “the symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.”
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He further advises people with these symptoms to “try to stay home and avoid contact with other people”, as well as to take “extra care” to avoid interaction with anyone at higher risk. high to contract the virus.
Since the virus emerged two years ago, the UK has had just three symptoms on the list, although other organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States have had longer symptom lists for some time. .
The World Health Organization lists 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.
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Meanwhile, the list of symptoms on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is identical to that on the NHS page, except that it does not mention loss of appetite.
However, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control specifies 12 symptoms, while Germany recognizes 14.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday that 4.9 million people in the UK had COVID-19 in the week ending March 26, up from 4.3 million the previous week. According to the ONS, one in ten people are affected.
(With agency contributions)