Covid has killed more than 100,000 people in the UK, and new daily deaths are still remarkably high. A group of doctors have now urged England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, to consider ‘mild’ symptoms as possible signs of coronavirus infection.
Thousands of people are still testing positive for coronavirus every day in the UK.
The country has been in a third national lockdown for almost a month, with no end in sight, just yet.
Covid vaccines have been delivered at a staggering rate in the UK, but the emergence of new virus strains has continued to plague the public.
A group of doctors have now urged Whitty and Public Health England’s Dr Susan Hopkins to consider extending the NHS’s list of possible Covid symptoms.
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Runny or blocked noses, sore throats, hoarseness, fatigue, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea should all be considered coronavirus symptoms, they wrote in an open letter.
Muscle pain, as well as general cold symptoms, should also be listed as signs of Covid, they added.
“As GPs, we regularly review patients with mild symptoms—for example, a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, hoarseness, myalgia, fatigue, and headache—who subsequently turn out to be COVID-19 positive,” they wrote, in The BMJ.
“These patients have frequently not even considered that they may have COVID-19 and have not self-isolated in the crucial early days when they were most infectious.