Scientists say fatigue, headache and a sore throat may be early warning signs of COVID-19 infection.
They add that runny nose should also be counted as a symptom of the global pandemic, even as physicians say the symptoms of the infection are becoming diverse.
A group of more than 140 doctors, writing in the British Medical Journal, cite symptoms like a running or blocked nose, muscle pain, and headaches as criteria for a COVID-19 test.
They urge anyone with coronavirus not to lie about their symptoms so that genuine data can be obtained concerning the virus and treatment can be structured to meet patient’s crucial health needs.
An East London General Practitioner and lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, Dr. Alex Sohal, said in her practice, someone with a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, hoarseness, muscle pain, fatigue, and headache had turned out to be Coronavirus-positive.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention lists 11 primary symptoms of COVID-19. They are: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, and muscle or body aches.
Others are: headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhoea.
The World Health Organisation notes that though some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell, these people can still transmit the virus to those around them, even if they don’t feel ill.
British non governmental organisation, COVID Symptom Study, says the national publicity campaign focuses on cough, high temperature, and loss of smell or taste as symptoms to be aware of, noting that other symptoms have since been discovered by physicians who treat COVID-19 patients.
The WHO’s case definition of Coronavirus includes other symptoms such as coryza [runny nose], sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhoea, while the United Kingdom National Health Service guidance states that patients should continue self-isolating for more than 10 days if they have a runny nose or are sneezing.
However, physicians say anyone with a range of mild symptoms should be stay home, especially within the first five days when they are more likely to be infectious.
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