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Covid-19: UK adds sore throat, headache, fatigue, and six other symptoms to official list

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 04 April 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o892
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The UK’s official list of covid-19 symptoms1 has been updated to include sore throat, fatigue, headache, and six other symptoms which are now commonly associated with the virus.

Shortness of breath, an aching body, a blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and feeling sick or being sick have also been added to the list on the NHS website. “The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu,” the website says.

The UK’s official symptom list for covid-19 previously included just three indications—fever, persistent cough, and a loss or change in taste or smell. Yet the World Health Organization, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and European nations such …

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