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The original, main three coronavirus symptoms have been well documented to the entire nation for just under a year now.
Everyone in the UK is all too aware that a new and persistent cough, a loss of sense of smell or taste and a high temperature are all ominous signs when being wary of the virus and its symptoms.
However, scientists are now believed to have discovered four additional symptoms that everyone needs to be wary of.
- a loss of appetite
- muscle aches
The symptoms have been identified as a result of research conducted by Imperial College London, based on both swab tests and questionnaires collated over a seven month period between June 2020 and January 2021.
The study also found that symptoms vary depending on the age of the person infected.
Chills seemed to be the most common Covid-19 symptom among all age demographics, while headaches seemed to be more prominent among young people. Both a loss of appetite and muscle aches were far more commonplace among all adults infected, aged between 18-54 and all over 55's.
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Those infected with the disease aged 17 or younger were also far less likely to show any signs of a persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of appetite in comparison to adult sufferers.
60% of all participants in the study reported no symptoms in the seven-day period leading up to their test. Though everyone who currently has any of the three main symptoms is widely encouraged to get tested, research shows that if every person who had those symptoms were to get tested, just 50% of symptomatic infections would actually be identified.
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Experts have claimed that if these new symptoms were to be more widely acknowledged and everyone who had them received a test, 75% of symptomatic infections would be discovered.
Professor Paul Elliott, director of the React programme at Imperial, said: “These new findings suggest many people with Covid-19 won’t be getting tested – and therefore won’t be self-isolating – because their symptoms don’t match those used in current public health guidance to help identify infected people.
“We understand that there is a need for clear testing criteria, and that including lots of symptoms which are commonly found in other illnesses like seasonal flu could risk people self-isolating unnecessarily.
“I hope that our findings on the most informative symptoms mean that the testing programme can take advantage of the most up-to-date evidence, helping to identify more infected people.”
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