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The definitive list of Covid symptoms you need to know – and when to see a doctor

THE CORONAVIRUS has been circulating across the UK for almost a year now and experts have warned it’s an illness that will “be with us forever”.

While the NHS states that the three key symptoms of the virus are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell, sufferers have experienced a myriad of issues after contracting the illness.

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The NHS says that if you have any of the three main symptoms then you should get a test and isolate in order to stop the virus spreading to others that you may come in contact with.

In order to stop the spread of the virus Brits are currently living through a third national lockdown.

Today Prime Minister Boris Johnson also pleaded with the nation to “think twice” before heading outdoors this weekend.

Posting on social media he said that one in three people can carry coronavirus without any symptoms, branding them “silent spreaders, unwittingly infecting others.”

“That could, I’m afraid, be you.”

Mr Johnson added: “It’s safest to assume you have Covid, so please, really think twice before leaving the house this weekend.”

Boris Johnson today warned Brits to stay at home over the weekend and 'assume you have the virus'


Boris Johnson today warned Brits to stay at home over the weekend and ‘assume you have the virus’

Scientists agree that the virus affects different people in various ways and what has become clearer as the pandemic has unfolded are the signs to look out for.

The WHO lists the less common symptoms as:

  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

It can take around five or six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however in some cases it can take up to two weeks.

Those with mild symptoms and are otherwise healthy are advised to self-isolate and manage symptoms at home for at least 10 days to stop the risk of spreading it.

However, there are some serious symptoms to be on the look out for, according to WHO experts.

If you have any of the following symptoms then it’s best to call a doctor immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of speech or movement


The coronavirus can react differently in different hosts and some sufferers have reported other symptoms such as hair and hearing loss.

Experts at the University of Manchester said people who had the virus have reported a deterioration in their hearing as well as conditions such as tinnitus.

According to audiologists at the University of Manchester, people with Covid could also be hit with hearing difficulties.

Experts in Manchester found that people who had Covid-19 also experienced hearing loss


Experts in Manchester found that people who had Covid-19 also experienced hearing loss Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Other people who contracted the virus said they experienced hair loss.

The condition know as telogen effluvium (TE), is when a person temporarily experiences hair loss.

Doctors have said that this usually occurs if a patient has recently experienced a stressful situation. TE occurs when the number of the follices in the scalp changes.

It usually affects the top of the scalp and in most cases the hair line will not recede if someone experiences TE.

Severe cases of TE will spread to the eyebrows and other parts of the body.

A more widespread symptom is blood clots.

Scientists in the UK previously stated that every patient that has died of the virus has had signs of a blood clot.

While scientists are clear the blood clots aren’t the main cause of death in each case, the findings support previous research that suggests the virus causes vascular issues.

Covid-19 and children

While the NHS’s three key symptoms apply to both adults and children, researchers have warned that there could be some other signs to be on the look out for in kids.

Children are currently off school at the moment due to a third lockdownso it’s unlikely that they will be mixing with their peers on the playground.

Data from King’s College London’s Covid Symptom Tracker app suggests that children aren’t logging the “classic” adult symptoms.

Instead the most common signs reported in children include:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Headache
  3. Fever
  4. Sore throat
  5. Loss of appetite
Children who contract the coronavirus have different symptoms to adults


Children who contract the coronavirus have different symptoms to adults Credit: Getty – Contributor

The data is based on analysis from 198 children who tested positive and around 15,800 negative tests.

It also found that 15 per cent of kids who test positive also present with an unusual skin rash.

The app allows parents to log symptoms on behalf of their children and the app currently has data from around 250,000 kids.


In the UK the coronavirus has taken the lives of 86,015 people with over three million having now had the virus in total.

Earlier this week it was revealed that one in five people are left with devastating long-term symptoms after contracting the virus.

A fifth still report issues after five weeks and one in ten after 12 weeks – more than twice previous estimates.

Around 186,000 people in England were living with problems lasting this long in the week starting November 22.

Some 11.5 per cent were still suffering fatigue after five weeks, 11.4 a cough and 10.1 per cent a headache.

A further 8.2 per cent still had no sense of taste and 7.9 per cent a loss of smell, the Office for National Statistics found.

It is the first time the official body has released data on people suffering “long Covid”.

Long Covid is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that many have described experiencing for weeks and months after seemingly recovering from coronavirus.

They include fatigue, breathlessness, palpitations, joint and muscle pain, and brain fog.

Boris Johnson issues plea for Brits to stay home at the weekend

Source: The Sun

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