The 20 common symptoms of Covid you should NOT ignore

WE all know the three main Covid symptoms, but one expert has said there is an extensive list you shouldn’t ignore.

The main symptoms listed by the NHS are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell, but data shows a headache is now the most common sign.


Experts have said there are 20 symptoms of Covid-19 that you should be looking out forCredit: Getty

Experts at the Zoe Symptom Tracker App revealed that 72 per cent of people with coronavirus experience headaches and a runny nose.

The top five symptoms could all be mistaken for the cold or flu and a loss of taste and smell and a fever – both key symptoms highlighted by the government – are not featured in the top five.

Data shows that around 60 per cent of people will suffer sneezing, 54 per cent a sore throat, 47 per cent a cough and 46 per cent a loss of smell.

These symptoms are followed by fever, chills, a horse voice, altered smell and feeling dizzy.

Around 34 per cent of people said they experienced ‘other symptoms’, with 29 per cent saying they had sore eyes and 27 per cent experiencing brain fog.

This was followed by skipped meals, muscle pain, chest pain, diarrhoea, swollen glands and ear ache.

The 20 Covid symptoms you need to know

Here are the top 20 Covid symptoms based on data from the Zoe Symptom Tracker app and the percentage of people who have experienced them

  1. Headache (72 per cent)
  2. Runny nose (72 per cent)
  3. Sneezing (60 per cent)
  4. Sore throat (54 per cent)
  5. Cough (47 per cent)
  6. Loss of smell (46 per cent)
  7. Fever (43 per cent)
  8. Chills (35 per cent)
  9. Horse voice (34 per cent)
  10. Altered smell (34 per cent)
  11. Feeling dizzy (34 per cent)
  12. Other (34 per cent)
  13. Eye soreness (29 per cent)
  14. Brain fog (27 per cent)
  15. Skipped meals (26 per cent)
  16. Muscle pain (26 per cent)
  17. Chester pain (20 per cent)
  18. Diarrhoea (19 per cent)
  19. Swollen glands (18 per cent)
  20. Earache (18 per cent)

Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London and head of the app said the government must update its advice on symptoms.

In a YouTube video, Prof Spector said it had been 534 days since the experts initially published their findings on the different symptoms associated with Covid.

The experts have urged the government to update the list of symptoms. The government has previously said that the list of symptoms are always being monitored.

Prof Spector said: “Nearly 50 per cent of people who test positive after a PCR test do not have the classical symptoms while infectious and I think this is really important.”

“So every day they (the government) deliberate more people are getting infected and unknown.

“What we are seeing now is the same symptoms that we were seeing in children for the last year or so in fully vaccinated adults and that’s probably because the immune reaction is better.”

Prof Spector said the 20 symptoms listed by the experts would help people get a better understanding of ‘what is going on’.

The experts compared this data to data collected in December and while many of the symptoms remain the same he said there are now more runny noses and sneezing than before.

He added that symptoms to vary by age and how much of a vaccine you have had.

“It’s important to know the list is much broader than you think”, he added.

Prof Spector also highlighted that anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should also get tested.

Prof Tim Spector said that symptoms being seen now are similar to what kids have been experiencing


Prof Tim Spector said that symptoms being seen now are similar to what kids have been experiencingCredit: youtube/zoe
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