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NHS finally updates list of Covid-19 symptoms – with NINE new additions

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 4th April 2022

The official list of Covid-19 symptoms has been updated for the first time in two years, with nine new symptoms added.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, the official symptoms have been listed as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a change or loss of sense of smell and/or taste.

But many people have been suffering with entirely different symptoms, particularly since new variants have emerged.

The NHS Covid-19 symptoms have officially been updated. Credit: Unsplash

And now the NHS has updated its guidance to reflect that, saying that the ‘symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu’.

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The list now includes symptoms like headaches, runny noses, and sore throats.

The update comes just days after free testing ended for almost everyone in England.

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The full Covid-19 symptoms list for adults, according to the NHS, is now as follows:

  • 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 3 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 headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

You can check the latest advice at nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.

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