According to the UK Health Security Agency, all age groups saw an increase in Covid-19 activity last week. As infection rates continue to rise, many are reporting symptoms not commonly associated with the virus.
The NHS says there are three main symptoms of Covid-19 that people should know and look out for – a high temperature, a new and continuous cough and loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. However, the most recent commonly reported symptoms are more similar to those of a common cold or flu, Manchester Evening News reports.
The ZOE COVID study independently collects and examines Covid-19 data and has stated that the five most common symptoms reported do not include any listed on the NHS site. In its most reported symptoms, a loss of smell and taste has become less common, ranking 17th in the list.
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According to ZOE, the top 5 most reported symptoms of Covid are:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
The findings were concluded after analyzing data from a small group of contributors who had been informed by the UK government that their positive PCR results were suspected or confirmed Omicron infections. Over 20 mild, cold-like, symptoms were also identified by ZOE as common in those infected at the time.
The changes in symptoms may be linked to the surfacing of the new Deltacron variant currently being monitored by health chiefs. According to the NHS, Deltacron symptoms at this point appear to be the same as regular Covid symptoms reported during throughout the pandemic.
Despite this, not enough research has been done on the new variant to category the symptoms it causes as well as its severity. Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientist at the World Health Organization, tweeted on Tuesday: “We have known that recombinant events can occur, in humans or animals, with multiple circulating variants of #SarsCoV2.
“Need to wait for experiments to determine the properties of this virus. Importance of sequencing, analytics and rapid data sharing as we deal with this pandemic.”
Coronavirus rates have continued to rise in England, Wales and Scotland, according to data from the ONS. In England, around one in 20 people in private households are estimated to have had the virus in the week to March 12, or 2.7 million people – up from one in 25, or 2.1 million people, in the week to March 5.