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Full list of the 20 most common Covid symptoms right now – as 1 in 35 have the bug

THE latest Covid wave is starting to ease as cases and deaths fall – but over a million Brits are still infected.

And as we head into winter, it can be hard to know if your sniffles are Covid, a cold or flu.

Experts have revealed the most common coronavirus symptoms plaguing Brits right now

Chances are you’ve already had Covid, and think you know the symptoms.

But, over time the most common signs have changed – depending on which strains are the most dominant.

Currently, around one in 35 people in England have the bug – that’s around 1.9million, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published on Friday.

While that’s a drop of nine per cent in the last week, down from one in 30 people, many are still contracting the bug.

One in 40 people in Wales have it, one in 30 in Northern Ireland and one in 35 in Scotland.

So, what are the most common symptoms right now?

The most recent data from the Zoe Symptom Tracker app, which asks users to input their current symptoms and test results, reveals the most common 20 signs to watch out for:

  1. Sore throat – 62.16 per cent
  2. Blocked nose – 53.77 per cent
  3. Headache – 53.35 per cent
  4. Cough no phlegm – 52.66 per cent
  5. Runny nose – 52.4 per cent
  6. Sneezing – 47.81 per cent
  7. Cough with phlegm – 43.11 per cent
  8. Hoarse voice – 42.53 per cent
  9. Muscle pain aches – 27.07 per cent
  10. Fatigue – 21.9 per cent
  11. Dizzy light headed – 20.53 per cent
  12. Altered smell – 20.05 per cent
  13. Swollen neck glands -18.36 per cent
  14. Eye soreness – 16.73 per cent
  15. Chest pain tightness – 15.62 per cent
  16. Shortness of breath – 15.25 per cent
  17. Loss of smell – 15.04 per cent
  18. Earache – 14.14 per cent
  19. Chills or shivers – 13.03 per cent
  20. Joint pain shoulders – 10.04 per cent

As testing is no longer free, it can be difficult to know whether or not you have the bug.



So if you have a sore throat, there’s a high chance it could be Covid – but it could also just be a sore throat, which is usually caused by viruses like cold or flu, or because of smoking.

Very occasionally, the NHS says sore throats can also be caused by laryngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat or glandular fever.

Since the Omicron wave took hold in the UK last year, the majority of people who get the bug are experiencing common cold-like signs.

Studies have found the Omicron variant is more mild than those that have come before it – the original Wuhan strain, as well as Delta and Alpha.

A mammoth NHS vaccine rollout programme has helped stem the spread of Covid – helping to build immunity in the population.

DEATHS FALL IN CURRENT WAVE

As cases have fallen in the last week, data from the ONS published today also revealed that deaths from the bug have dropped by five per cent.

In the week ending October 28, 651 deaths were registered in England and Wales with Covid mentioned on the death certificate.

This is a decrease from the week ending October 21, when 687 were recorded.

With one in 35 now having the bug, one expert warned that people need to once again start to take precautions.

Professor Denis Kinane, immunologist and Founding Scientist, Cignpost Diagnostics, said this includes using facemasks and avoiding crowded indoor events.

He added: “As long as a portion of the population remains unvaccinated, the virus will continue to mutate, and we could see newer and more potent strains emerge.

“The ending of universal free testing and the lack of a baseline surveillance system at our borders has severely reduced the UK’s capability to identify, analyse, and stem the spread of future variants.

“This has inevitably deterred many from getting tested, and it is likely we will see infections spread rapidly as people will not be aware that there are infected.”

‘NOT OVER YET’

It comes as Covid strains dubbed the ‘grandchild of Omicron’ are spreading in Australia, China and across Europe.

Infectious disease physician Dr Paul Griffin said there were several subvariants he was “watching closely” – including two offshoots known as XBB and BQ.1.

He told Aussie morning news show Sunrise: “Some have described it as a ‘variant soup’, because there are so many new ones at the moment.

“Perhaps the two most concerning are BQ, which is an offshoot of BA.5, which has been detected mainly in Europe and the US, and around 10 per cent of cases globally.

“And the other is XBB which has been causing problems in Singapore and India.”

BA.5 is a subvariant of extremely infectious Omicron that swept across the world last winter and is believed to be the source of other mutations like BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 currently hitting China.

Dr Griffin said the variants looked “a bit” more infectious than previous strains.

“They may also be better at evading our immune response both from past infection and from vaccination, so it certainly highlights that the pandemic is not over,” he warned.

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