Five common Covid symptoms - four of which are not on the official list

By Ryan Fahey & Rachel Hains

Scientists have revealed the five most common symptoms of COVID - and only one is included on the NHS's original campaign.

According to the Mirror, the NHS says that anyone who experiences a loss of smell or taste, has a fever, or a cough, should take a PCR test and self-isolate.

However, scientists have long urged the Government to add several other symptoms for Brits to watch out for. In fact, experts say that people with a runny nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat and loss of smell, should all get a PCR test to check if they're infected.

"For 521 days, ZOE and King’s College London have demanded cold and flu-like symptoms be recognised as common Covid -19 symptoms and communicated widely as in other countries," explained Professor Tim Spector, ZOE's lead scientist.

The ZOE Covid app compiles data from the public in order to provide "vital" statistics to "support Covid-19 research".

"With UK rates the highest in Europe, if the government continues with no restrictions, surely we should at least help people to recognise the symptoms early and know when to stay at home.”

Following rising numbers of Brits contracting new variants and vaccinations being rolled out nationwide, current symptoms are different to those at the start of the pandemic.

According to ZOE scientists, there are now at least 21 Covid symptoms.

This dramatic increase was largely brought on by the Delta variant becoming the dominant form of Covid in the UK.

There are also four key symptoms to watch out for in people who have already been vaccinated.

The illness tends to be milder and more like a cold in these cases, the scientists said.

They add that people who are already jabbed should test if they have any of the five new symptoms.

53 cases of the new Mu variant has been detected around the UK. (Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images)

While no vaccine is 100 per cent effective, recent studies suggest people who have been "double jabbed" may develop a "superhuman immunity" to the virus.

The vaccine helps to turn down the severity of Covid-19 and protect people from the disease becoming so severe that it requires hospitalisation.

ZOE's figures say there are 51,876 new daily Covid cases in the UK that show symptoms.

In individuals who have already been jabbed, there are said to be 17,674 daily cases which are symptomatic.

Cases among the vaccinated were rising before they levelled off last week at 17,342.

Though the illness largely targeted the elderly at the start of the pandemic, cases are now most common among under 35s and children.

The update comes days after several dozen Brits were infected with the new 'Mu' Covid variant which is said to be resistant to the vaccine.

Public Health England (PHE) released the figures tallying 53 documented cases in England on Tuesday.

The 'Mu' strain is among the latest to be officially listed as a 'variant under investigation' by health authorities.

The variant at first emerged in the UK in May, and since the last update a further five cases have been recorded by September 1, in the latest update since late August.

As of August 30, no deaths had been linked to the strain, according to PHE's figures.

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