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New COVID-19 symptoms – what to look out for and what to do

by Guy Murphy

Health officials have identified a wider set of symptoms experienced by some people testing positive for COVID-19.

Not everyone will suffer from these symptoms, but it is important people familiarise themselves with them and understand what to do if they, or anyone in their household, begins to suffer with them.

The new flu-like symptoms include:

  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Tiredness
  • Shortness of breath

Some people may also experience

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea

If you have these symptoms, Knowsley Council is urging that you book a PCR test either online www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. With these symptoms, you are not legally required to isolate until you have your results, however you need to continue to take the usual measures to protect yourself and others from illness.

Anyone experiencing the main symptoms of coronavirus must isolate immediately, along with their household and support bubble, and book a test. The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

If you suffer from any of the symptom listed, do not visit one of the SMART Testing sites as these are only for those not experiencing symptoms.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It is very important that people familiarise themselves with these new symptoms and get tested if they are experiencing any of them.

“You do not need to isolate if you are suffering from these alternative symptoms until you have a positive test result. However, I would urge you to try and isolate where possible as this will help us slow the spread of the virus.”

If you receive a positive test result through a SMART testing site (using the lateral flow devices), please arrange a secondary test through the national booking system outlined above.