COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, thanks to the end of restrictions and the emergence of the highly infectious BA.2 offshoot of the Omicron version.
The legal requirement to self-isolate has been abolished in England, but it is still important that people take precautions to avoid passing the virus on to others.
The government and the NHS are still recommending that people stay home and avoid contact with others after testing positive.
And it’s also important to be aware of some of the less common symptoms of COVID-19, so you can test yourself to see if you have the virus.
Are nausea and vomiting symptoms of covid?
Nausea is not listed as an official symptom of COVID-19 by the NHS or the Zoo Covid study, which has been collecting data on the virus throughout the pandemic. However, there are people who have reported experiencing both while having the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States lists both nausea and vomiting as possible symptoms.
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust in south-west London says that nausea and vomiting may be less common COVID-19 symptoms.
Doctors in the US have recently reported experiencing nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain in coronavirus patients.
They claim that there is an emerging anecdote that the new sub-type is attacking the gut rather than the nose and throat.
Public health and vaccine expert Dr Risa Hosino posted on Twitter: “Please test for COVID if you have gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heartburn or abdominal pain. I am seeing a huge increase in these symptoms ( sometimes without any upper respiratory symptoms).
Chuck Wurster, an emergency physician in Alberta, Canada, said: “Seeing too many patients coming in primarily with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Lots. There is anecdotal evidence emerging from other places that the new sub-types are as follows. cause more symptoms. Wouldn’t be surprised if this surge is being driven by Covid.”
What are the NHS symptoms of COVID-19?
The NHS lists the main symptoms of COVID-19 as follows:
- high temperature – This means that you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
- a new, persistent cough – This means coughing for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you cough usually, it may be worse than usual);
- decrease or change in your sense of smell or taste – This means that you have noticed that you cannot smell or taste anything, or that things smell or taste different than usual.
However, many people have reported experiencing various symptoms with Omicron, which are commonly associated with COVID-19.
Among those symptoms are:
- body aches and pains
- scratchy throat
- running nose
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should have a lateral flow test, and if it is positive you are advised to isolate.