The three most common symptoms of coronavirus have been confirmed as a cough, fatigue and headache.
Analysis of a random swab testing study by the Office for National Statistics suggests symptoms have evolved since the pandemic began – despite the Government’s official main symptoms remaining a persistent cough, fever or change to taste or smell.
Anyone with one of the official symptoms should take a PCR test that is sent to a lab for analysis, and remain at home until the results are confirmed, according to the Mirror.
Experts had suggested updating the official symptoms, but they remained in place, partly as fatigue and headache are common in non-Covid cases.
Meanwhile, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey also revealed 40% of people recording a strong positive test result did not suffer any symptoms, the Mirror reported.
Daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK
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In their analysis, experts examined self-reported symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, myalgia (muscle pain), fatigue, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting.
ONS statistician Rhiannon Yapp said: “This latest ONS data shows that the main symptoms continue to be a cough, fatigue and headache and we have not seen evidence of a difference in symptoms between the Delta and other variants.
“The number of people getting re-infected with Covid remains low and if a person is re-infected, the second infection is likely to be milder.”
The analysis covers the period December 1, 2020, to July 12, 2021.
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