Freedom Day finally arrived yesterday, with all remaining coronavirus restrictions lifted in England. Although the move has been met with fierce opposition in some quarters, others will feel confident to start mixing again. Underpinning their confidence is the coronavirus vaccines, which confer considerable protection against COVID-19 after two doses.
According to the data, the top COVID symptoms in the unvaccinated are:
HeadacheSore ThroatRunny NoseFeverPersistent Cough.
These findings conflict with the “official” list of symptoms published on the NHS website.
The NHS still only highlights three “classic” Covid symptoms, despite reports indicating there are more than 20 possible symptoms.
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
However, data published by the ZOE Covid Study app indicates this list falls far short of the range of coronavirus symptoms currently being reported.
The app provides evidence of over 20 Covid symptoms.
- High temperature (fever)
- Chills or shiversPersistent cough
- Loss or change in smell (anosmia)
- Loss or change in taste (dysgeusia)
- Unusual tiredness (fatigue)
- Sore throat
- Sudden confusion (delirium), especially in older people
- Skin rash
- Changes in the mouth or tongue (COVID tongue)
- Red and sore fingers or toes (COVID fingers/toes)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Muscle pains
- Hoarse voice
- Skipping meals
- Abdominal pains
- Runny nose
There are growing concerns about the impact of long Covid, which has come to describe symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone.
Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks.
“But for some people, symptoms can last longer,” explains the NHS.
According to the health body, the chances of having long-term symptoms does not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first get COVID-19.
How to respond
According to the NHS, if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild, get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Get help from NHS 111 if:
- You’re worried about your symptomsYou’re not sure what to do.
“Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy,” warns the NHS.