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Christopher Sharp & Michael Broomhead & Ketsuda Phoutinane

Covid expert says to 'assume it's the virus' if you have two telltale symptoms

An infectious disease professor has named two Covid symptoms that are telltale signs of the virus as UK cases remain high amid a wave of BA.5 infections.

People should "assume it's Covid" if they're suffering from fatigue and a sore throat," says Professor Tim Spector of King's College London and founder of the ZOE Covid app.

Prof Spector 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."

"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," he added.

Like 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, the Express reports.

ZOE app creator Prof Spector says there are double the number of Covid cases as the common cold (Getty Images)

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.

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

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