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New “Top 5” Covid symptoms to spot

According to the Zoe Health study, there are currently around 3,084,268 symptomatic cases of Covid in the UK, which does not include asymptomatic cases. The figures are based on PCR and LFT (lateral flow test) data updated on October 14, 2022. “Incidence rates are now calculated with a two-day lag to help us track the outbreak of Omicron, the research team noted.

Covid infections have been rising steadily since mid-September and, as with all viruses, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (which causes Covid) is “rapidly evolving”.

As such, its ability to spread and infect humans, and the symptoms it causes, change over time.

According to daily reports from the Zoe Covid Study app, the “top five symptoms” of Covid that have emerged in recent weeks differ by vaccination status.

In those who have been fully vaccinated, reported symptoms of Covid include a runny nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat and persistent cough.

READ MORE: WHO warns of ‘devastating’ long-term Covid symptoms

“As we have found, even people who have received one or two doses of vaccine can still be susceptible to COVID.

“And the symptoms and severity vary depending on how many vaccinations, if any, you’ve had.”

Although covid testing has not been mandatory for a long time, people with covid symptoms are advised to “stay at home”.

This helps slow the spread of the virus, which can circulate more easily in the winter as more people spend time together indoors.

The Royal Voluntary Service is asking people to support Covid vaccination in autumn and winter.

Management roles are available which may involve greeting people coming in for vaccinations, clerical duties and monitoring the area while waiting for people to release the vaccine.

NHS volunteer responders will be required to commit to working at least one shift per week where shifts are available.

For more information visit nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk.

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