20 most common Covid symptoms as cases surge by 30% across the UK

With Covid cases surging in the UK again, it is important to know which symptoms to look out for.

Cases have gone up by 30%, with one in 35 Brits currently thought to be positive for the virus.

However, with colder whether bringing an increase in coughs and colds, it can be hard to know whether a case of the sniffles is Covid or not.

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Previously experienced ailments are not necessarily a good guide, as the various strange often present different symptoms.

Here are the top 20 symptoms that Brits with Covid are currently experiencing and should watch out for, according to the ZOE Symptom Tracker:

Sore throat – 63.55%

Runny nose – 53.04%

Headache – 53.02%

Blocked nose – 52.47%

Cough no phlegm – 52.06%

Sneezing – 47.02%

Cough with phlegm – 45.79%

Hoarse voice – 43.86%

Muscle pain aches – 29.46%

Fatigue – 22.97%

Dizzy light headed – 21.11%

Altered smell – 19.82%

Swollen neck glands – 17.72%

Eye soreness – 16.41%

Chest pain tightness – 16.26%

Shortness of breath – 15.9%

Loss of smell – 14.45%

Earache – 13.96%

Chills or shivers – 12.98%

Joint pain shoulders – 11.08%

On Friday, official data from the Office of National Statistics revealed that 1.7million Brits currently have the bug.

That marked an increase from 1.3million last week.

There are an additional 235,829 daily symptomatic cases according to figures from the team at ZOE.

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With testing no longer free, fewer people are seeking clarification as to whether their illness is Covid or not.

With a sore throat being the most common symptom, there is a high chance that could represent a Covid infection – although without testing it is impossible to know and it could be a cold, flu, or even a rarer infection like laryngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat or glandular fever.

Health chiefs have advised anyone feeling unwell with potential Covid symptoms to steer clear of elderly friends and relatives.

Director of Public Health Programmes at the UK Health Security Agency Dr Mary Ramsay said: "There are early indications that deaths with Covid-19 have also started to rise.

"Whilst this is concerning, it is too early to say whether these are deaths due to Covid-19 and it is reassuring that at this stage there is no overall excess mortality.

“If you are unwell or have symptoms of a respiratory infection, it is particularly important to avoid contact with elderly people or those who are more likely to have severe disease because of their ongoing health conditions.”


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