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Sore throat and headache current top Covid-19 symptoms

Research findings from a study from the Imperial College in London have shown that symptoms for people with Covid-19  have changed as the pandemic has evolved.

The Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission – 1 (REACT-1) study has been monitoring Covid-19 in the UK from randomly selected people from May 2020 to 31 March 2022.

Professor Bruce Robinson from the Early Digital Intervention for Covid Therapy (EDICT) program said, “Outcomes show that symptom changes could be down to the how the virus has changed over time with different variants.

“Loss of sense of smell and taste appears to be less common with those who have Covid-19 now. Instead, people are reporting colder and flu-like symptoms.

“Australia hasn’t reported any changes with the Department of Health and Age Care still reflecting the same symptoms since the start of the pandemic – https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/symptoms.”

The top five symptoms in the UK include:

  • Sore throat – 58 per cent.
  • Headache – 49 per cent.
  • Blocked nose – 40 per cent.
  • Cough – 40 per cent.
  • Runny nose – 40 per cent.

According to the Department of Health and Aged Care just over 14,000 people currently have Covid-19 in Australia.

Western Australia’s average daily cases were up at 12.8 per cent with 1,627 cases over the past week.

Department of Health and Aged Care’s statistics – health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/case-numbers-and-statistics

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