What’s going on?
Researchers are asking the British government to add fatigue, headaches, sore throat and diarrhea to the list of symptoms that trigger a COVID-19 test, BBC News reports.
- Currently, anyone who had a cough, fever or loss of smell or taste can receive a test, per BBC News.
- King’s College London and the Zoe Symptom Study said adding these symptoms would pick up about 40% more cases. But it would also mean those without COVID-19 would be receiving tests.
Why it matters:
- “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.
- “For us, the message for the public is clear: If you’re feeling newly unwell, it could be COVID and you should get a test.”
U.K. symptoms and the variant
A survey from the United Kingdom — created by the University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust — discovered that there are some slight differences in symptoms for those who had the U.K. COVID-19 variant compared to the normal mutation, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.