Experts Suggest UK Add to Official List of Covid-19 Symptoms

Experts Suggest UK Add to Official List of Covid-19 Symptoms

Experts from University College London (UCL) have called for the UK's official list of Covid-19 symptoms to be added. So far, the symptoms of Covid-19 in the official list of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) are considered not to cover all the signs commonly experienced by patients.


UMMATIMES - People who are encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 have so far been limited to those who have symptoms of cough, fever, or loss of sense of smell. Experts are calling for a longer list of symptoms that includes a runny nose, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, and diarrhea.

One of the UCL scientists, Alex Crozier, said that many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 are currently experiencing milder symptoms. They can come from among children, young adults, and also people who have received a dose of vaccination.

"For those who get core symptoms, it takes two to three days longer so it is difficult to stop transmission. We want to keep cases low without the need for widespread population restrictions," Crozier said, quoted from The Sun page, Thursday (1/7).

The trick boils down to a faster testing, tracking and isolation system so that the country can quickly return to normal life. At the same time, the symptoms of Covid-19 are changing due to the new variant and the symptoms are potentially different in younger people.

The presentation, published in the British Medical Journal, compared the UK with other countries. The United States and the European Union use more than 10 official symptoms to track cases, while Britain only has three on the official list.

The UK Office for National Statistics report found that 60 per cent of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK experienced some common symptoms. Cough, headache, weakness, and fever are most common in June. However, sore throat and muscle aches were not recorded.

In fact, the two conditions are more common, when compared to loss of sense of smell or sense of taste. Confusion over symptoms also makes it difficult to track long Covid patients, i.e. those who continue to experience symptoms after being tested negative for coronavirus.