15 key symptoms to look out for if you have coronavirus including ‘Covid tongue’

As the UK continues to battle against the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Brits up and down the country could be easily forgiven for being slightly paranoid about looking out for any sign they might be catching the virus.

The Zoe Covid Symptom Study is a leading UK study in collaboration with epidemiologists at King's College London which tracks the symptoms of more than 4million people globally the Mirror reports.

Researchers have been warning people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that don't get on the official Public Health England (PHE) list – such as skin rashes.

Here are all of the symptoms and suspected symptoms of Covid-19 to look out for.

Three official NHS symptoms

  1. New, continuous cough
  2. High fever
  3. Loss of senses of taste and smell

Symptoms officially recognised in the US

4. Headaches

Headache and fatigue have been described as the "dark horse" of Covid symptoms.

Zoe Covid app researchers say headaches were among the most common symptoms reported before a positive test.

5. Fatigue and severe fatigue

Covid sufferers have described fatigue that leaves even young, fit and health people bed-ridden.

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6. Sore throat

A sore throat is more often reported by adults aged between 18-65 than by the elderly or children, the Zoe Covid study found.

7. Unusual muscle aches

New York University researchers found a link between sore muscles and serious Covid-19 cases during an analysis of 53 patients in Wenzhou, China.

8. Diarrhoea

A study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, analysed data 204 patients with Covid-19 in China’s Hubei province and found nearly 50% had diarrhoea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

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9. Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath is most common among adults aged between 18-65, the Zoe Covid app researchers found.

Reported but not official symptoms

10. Skin rash and 'Covid fingers and toes'

Researchers have linked a variety of rashes with coronavirus – including "Covid fingers and toes".

This appears as reddish and purplish bumps on the fingers or toes, which may be sore but not usually itchy.

11. Loss of appetite

The Zoe Covid app study found nearly half (41%) of people who tested positive reported they had stopped feeling hungry, or were disinterested in eating.

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12. Confusion or delirium

This is a really important symptom to watch out for in vulnerable elderly people, the Zoe Covid Symptom Study researchers say.

Overall these symptoms are less common in those aged 18-65.

13. Chest pains

The NHS 111 advice service describes chest pains as like a "tight band or heavy weight in or around the chest".

Seven in twenty 18 to 65-year-olds reported chest pain, the Zoe Covid app researchers found.

14. Hoarse voice

One-third of Covid-positive people in the Zoe Covid Symptoms study noted a hoarse voice.

15. Abdominal pain

According to the Zoe Covid app researchers, around a quarter of participants experienced this symptom, with around three quarters noting it within the first week.

Other suspected symptoms

'Covid Tongue'

Epidemiologists at King's College London say they are seeing increasing numbers of "Covid tongue" and "strange mouth ulcers".

A buzzing sensation

Some Covid-positive people have described feeling a "buzzing" or "fizzing" sensation that runs through the body.

Do you have symptoms that worry you? Call NHS 111 for advice, or if you have one of the three official symptoms, check how you can book an NHS Covid-19 test here.

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