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The five most common symptoms of COVID being reported in the UK right now

Coronavirus cases are "getting out of control" in the north of England, according to Gillian Keegan, and fears have been sparked of a second national Lockdown. It's important people with symptoms of the virus to self-isolate and get tested. But what are the most common symptoms of COVID-19 to look out for now?

The five most common symptoms being reported to the UK's COVID symptom Study app right now are:

HeadacheFatigueLoss of smellFeverPersistent cough

Lead researcher Professor Spector, from King's College London, told Huffington Post UK these symptoms haven't significantly changed since the start of the pandemic.

The most common symptoms of COVID in children and over-70s varies slightly, he added.

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The most common symptoms in children who test positive are:

FatigueHeadacheFeverSore throatLoss of appetite.

One in six children who test positive also experience an unusual skin rash, according to the app.

The rise in cases in the UK led Professor Spector to urge people to sign up to the app and to report their daily symptoms.

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He said the app "has become an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19 in the UK".

The app estimates 119,235 people in the UK have symptomatic COVID.

The NHS still lists the main symptoms of coronavirus as:

A high temperature - feeling hot to touch on your chest or backA new continuous cough - coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hoursAnd a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - noticing you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

So what should you do if you have symptoms?

The government advises if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus to:

1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

It adds: "Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result."


In England you need to get the test done in the first eight days of having symptoms.

On days one to seven you can get tested at a site or at home. If you're ordering a home test kit on day seven you need to do it by 3pm.

On day eight you need to go to a test site, as it will be too late to order a home test kit.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland you need to get the test done in the first five days of having symptoms.

On days one to four you can get tested at a site or at home. If you're ordering a home test kit on day four you must do it by 3pm.

On day five, you need to go to a test site, as it will be too late to order a home test kit.

You can get a test now on the GOV.UK website. 



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