Coronavirus activity has been picking up across the continent, prompting Boris Johnson to issue an ominous warning to the general public. It comes amid an escalating row between the UK government and Spain over a 14-day quarantine for travellers. In the face of these tensions, UK citizens should remain vigilant to the threat.
Adding to the sense of unease are reports of persistent and peculiar symptoms resurfacing months after people have become infected with COVID-19.
In light of the findings, researchers are trying to further their understanding of the long-term effects of the virus and develop treatments for those still suffering.
Elizabeth Moore from Northwest Indiana is one of those patients.
Months after getting over COVID-19 she started having frightening, unexplained symptoms.
Moore said it would feel as if someone was pouring ice cold water down her back.
Her heart would race and her blood pressure would spike to dangerous levels.
"I truly thought I had a heart attack or a stroke, like that's what it felt like to me. It was terrifying," she said.
In addition to the unsettling sensation in her arms, moore said she's also suffering from symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue, brain fog and, most recently, intense gastrointestinal issues.
This comes after a nurse who works in the emergency department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital said she felt a strange pain in her lower legs a week and a half ago.
Despite working on her feet for hours on end, the 32-year-old told ABC's 7.30 Report the aching was different to what she's ever experienced.What are the main symptoms of COVID-19?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
"Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms," says the NHS.
According to the health body, if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
"Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result," the health body recommends.
A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:You're worried about your symptomsYou're not sure what to do