Headaches, sore throats and runny noses are now the most reported Covid symptoms, researchers say.
NHS executives recognize only three signs of the virus – temperature, new continuous cough and loss of taste and smell.
But researchers from King’s College London, which runs a coronavirus monitoring project, say the disease ‘acts differently now’.
Headaches are now the most reported symptom of Covid, while sore throats are the second most complained of, but none of them are on the official list of virus symptoms.
Researchers believe that the Indian delta variant, which has spread rapidly since early May, may be behind the change in symptoms.
It may also be due to the fact that younger people become infected and that they are more likely to suffer from only a mild illness.
Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, warned that the Indian variant is now ‘more like a cold’ in younger people
Lead researcher Professor Tim Spector said people should be tested if they think they have a cold to slow down any spread of Covid.
What are the symptoms of Covid?
The NHS has indicated a high temperature along with a new and continuous cough as the main symptoms of the virus.
It subsequently added a loss or change in odor or taste as a symptom of the virus following pressure from Covid campaigns.
Most people who catch Covid and show symptoms have at least one of these, according to the NHS.
But other studies have claimed loss of appetite, skin rashes, hives, muscle aches and diarrhea can all be symptoms of Covid.
The United States recognizes 11 symptoms, which also include headaches and runny nose.
About a third of people with the virus are asymptomatic and may unknowingly pass it on to others.
King’s team has tracked virus symptoms through an app called ZOE, which it launched in March last year. It is the nation’s largest study of symptom tracing.
Data analyzed by the ZOE app showed that cough was the most common symptom at the beginning of the pandemic, with 46 percent of infected patients having signs of signs.
But it has now been overtaken by headaches, sore throats, runny nose and fever, Professor Spector claimed.
Fewer people report that they have lost their sense of taste or are small, with anosmia no longer in the top 10 most common symptoms.
Professor Spector told the Telegraph: ‘People are not aware of this and people may think they have got some kind of seasonal cold and they are still going out to parties and they may be spreading it around.
‘Since the beginning of May, we have been looking at the top symptoms and they are not the same as they were.
‘Number one is headache followed by sore throat, runny nose and fever. All of these are not the old classic symptoms, number five coughs, so it’s rarer, and we do not even see loss of odors get into the top 10 anymore.
‘This variant seems to work a little differently.’
In February, over 140 doctors wrote to Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty urging the government to add more cold-like symptoms to the official list.
Dr. Alex Sohal, a doctor at Tower Hamlets, London, who was the lead author of the letter, said patients reported these mild symptoms and continued to test positive for Covid within a few days.
Previous studies from the Office of National Statistics showed that fatigue was the most reported symptom followed by headaches and coughs.
Their data, which was collected through a survey of 10,000 people and released in April, revealed that about 53 percent of people who test positive for the virus do not suffer from symptoms.
The UK registered 7,393 Covid cases yesterday, a 40 per cent increase the week before.
Cases have been ticking upwards for several weeks due to the Indian variant that has left doubts about “Freedom Day” on 21 June.
Despite reported deaths and patients hospitalized still low, there is a delay between an increase in infections. The number of infected patients in need of medical treatment is slowly increasing.
UK daily infection data show that 7,393 people tested positive for the virus, the highest recorded since February. But the deaths from the virus are currently low, and the vaccine 28.2 million people have now had both doses of the vaccine