A runny nose, sore throat and headache are just a few of those added.
The NHS has added nine additional symptoms to its official list on the NHS website.
More general symptoms commonly associated with a viral illness, such as a runny nose, sore throat and headache, are just a few of the nine new symptoms added to the official list.
The official NHS website now explains Covid-19 symptoms in adults can include;
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
Previously just three main symptoms were emphasised – a high temperature or chills; a new, continuous cough; and a change in sense of smell or taste.
Experts say they are worried about the timing of the change given the withdrawal of free and the legal obligation to isolate.
Public health professor, Dr Nisreen Alwan, responded to the change on Twitter saying, “After 2 years of shouting from the rooftops to expand the covid symptom list on the NHS website, it finally happens when people can no longer request a free test!”
NHS England confirmed earlier this week that healthcare professionals can still refer patients for Covid-19 testing where it is needed “to support clinical decisions”.