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Christopher Sharp & Michael Broomhead

'Assume it's Covid' if you have two telltale symptoms, says professor

A professor has told people they should assume they have Covid if they have two telltale symptoms. According to King's College London academic and architect of the ZOE Covid app Professor Tim Spector, fatigue and a sore throat could indicate you have the virus.

He tweeted: "There are twice as many Covid cases as common colds currently. Symptoms much the same except generally more fatigue and sore throat – so best to assume it's Covid."

He added: "Try to get tested if you can. If you can't get tested, assume you’ve got a cold and stay away from other people until you feel better."

Other symptoms of Covid include:

• A new, continuous cough
• Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
• Shortness of breath
• Aching body
• Headache
• Blocked or runny nose
• Loss of appetite
• Diarrhoea
• Feeling or being sick

As with Prof Spector, the NHS warns of the similarity between these symptoms and the common cold. This is something which will become problematic during the colder months, reports the Express.

New data suggests the UK is continuing to move past the peak of the current wave of Covid, with hospitalisations falling. It is hoped this decrease will ease some of the burden on the NHS and allow it to carry out more routine care for patients.

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