Just three symptoms have been on the NHS list since the emergence of the virus in 2020 – fever, a new and persistent cough, and a loss or change in taste or smell.
But now there are nine more. According to the NHS, symptoms of coronavirus in adults can include:
A high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Shortness of breath
Feeling tired or exhausted
An aching body
A sore throat
A blocked or runny nose
Loss of appetite
Feeling sick or being sick
The NHS website notes: ‘The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.’
The website advises anyone suffering from some or all of the symptoms try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people and you either have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities.
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people even if you've had a positive test result before.
The website states: ‘You probably have some immunity to the virus but it's not clear how long it lasts. Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19.
You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature.’
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