The public must 'urgently' know what the new coronavirus symptoms are – professor's plea


    The World Health Organization lists 13 symptoms of coronavirus, while the NHS lists three. The UK public are paying a heavy price for this discrepancy, warned Professor Tim Spector, co-founder of the ZOE Covid symptom study on Sky News. “We have been saying this for over a year now and it is disappointing that we are still saying it now.”

    Another factor that can complicate the picture is that the UK is in summer, he added.

    So, what are the new symptoms?

    People are reporting cold-like symptoms, such as headache, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat, noted prof Spector.

    A new, continuous cough – one of the classic three – is now less common.

    It is ranked fifth behind the new cold-like symptoms, explained prof Spector.

    He was drawing on data submitted to the ZOE Covid symptom study, which has more than four million subscribers.

    Data from the app shows that the previous “traditional” symptoms as still outlined on the government website, such as anosmia (loss of smell), shortness of breath and fever rank much further down the list, at 11, 29 and 12 respectively.

    Curiously, the team also noticed that people who had been vaccinated and then tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to report sneezing as a symptom compared with those without a jab.

    “If you’ve been vaccinated and start sneezing a lot without an explanation, you should get a COVID test, especially if you are living or working around people who are at greater risk from the disease,” they advised.


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