Covid experts say you should book a test if you exhibit any of the 13 symptoms listed below.

They believe that only testing people with the three classic symptoms may have led to hundreds of thousands of cases in the UK being missed over the course of the pandemic.

The COVID Symptom Study app is a not-for-profit initiative that was launched at the end of March 2020 to support vital COVID-19 research. It’s the world’s largest coronavirus study, analysing over 4 million contributors globally.

‍New data from the ZOE app shows that 31% of people who are ill with Covid-19 don’t develop a cough, fever and loss of taste and smell and instead, exhibit a whole range of other symptoms such as skin rashes and even confusion.

ZOE worked with researchers at King’s College London and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to analyse data from more than 122,000 UK adult users of the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app who reported experiencing any potential COVID-19 symptoms.

Military personel gesture at a temporary Covid-19 vaccination centre set up at the Royal Highland Showground near Edinburgh, Scotland

Military personel gesture at a temporary Covid-19 vaccination centre set up at the Royal Highland Showground near Edinburgh, Scotland
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The results of the study found that there is a further seven key symptoms in the first three days of illness that would have detected 96% of symptomatic Covid cases.

The experts say you should consider booking a test if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Severe fatigue
  • Headache
  • Change or loss of smell (anosmia) or taste
  • Persistent cough
  • High temperature/fever
  • Diarrhoea
  • Unusual pains in the chest, abdomen or muscles
  • Sore throat or a hoarse voice
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Sudden confusion (delirium)
  • Skipping meals
  • Skin rash
  • Changes to the tongue or mouth ulcers.
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    “We’ve known since the beginning that just focusing testing on the classic triad of cough, fever and anosmia misses a significant proportion of positive cases. says Professor Tim Spector, ZOE COVID Symptom Study project lead.

    “We persuaded the Government to add anosmia to the list back in May and now it is clear we need to add more

    “By inviting any users who log any new symptoms to get a test, we confirmed that there are many more symptoms of COVID-19. This is especially important with new variants that may cause different symptoms. The message for the public is clear: if you’re feeling newly unwell, it could be COVID and you should get a test.”

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