The website adds that ‘the symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.”…reports Asian Lite News
United Kingdom’s National Health Services (NHS) has updated its list of official Covid-19 symptoms as free testing ended throughout the country this weekend. According to the reports, the NHS has added nine extra symptoms linked to Covid-19 to its official list.
It may be noted that the NHS updated its list of official Covid-19 symptoms on Friday afternoon after keeping it unchanged for close to two years during which the pandemic had spread throughout the country. The NHS website previously listed only three symptoms: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change in smell and taste.
These symptoms had largely remained unchanged until now, but with more variants of Covid-19 being detected all over the world, the NHS decided to update its list with nine extra symptoms listed.
The website adds that ‘the symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.”
It further advises that individuals experiencing these symptoms should ‘try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people’, as well as take ‘extra care’ to avoid interaction with anyone who is at higher risk of contracting the virus.
Since the virus’s emergence two years ago, the UK has had only three symptoms on the list, despite other organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States having longer symptom lists for some time.
The World Health Organization mentions 13 symptoms, four of which are not recognised by the NHS: a rash or discolouration of the fingers or toes, red or irritated eyes, loss of speech or mobility, and chest pain.
Meanwhile, the symptom list on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is identical to that on the NHS page, with the exception that it does not mention a loss of appetite.
However, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control specifies 12 symptoms, whereas Germany recognises 14.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday that 4.9 million people in the UK had COVID-19 in the week ending March 26, up from 4.3 million the week before. According to the ONS, one in every ten people is affected.