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Britain’s National Health Service expands list of Covid symptoms

Britain’s health service has expanded its list of possible symptoms of coronavirus infection, after the Omicron subvariant known as BA.2 again boosted new case reports across much of Europe.

The updated list of symptoms, which now includes feelings of tiredness or exhaustion as well as nausea, aligns the National Health Service’s description of the condition with that of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease. Control and Prevention in the United States.

At the start of the pandemic, some public health experts criticized UK health authorities for what they said was too narrow a list of symptoms. Initially, he only understood two – fever and a new continuous cough – with loss of taste and smell added later.

The emergence of the Omicron variant has sparked renewed public interest in the symptoms of Covid-19 and whether they differ from those of previous virus variants like Delta.

BA.2 appears to be more transmissible than the previous version of Omicron, BA.1, but it does not appear to cause different symptoms, according to Dr. Jennifer Lighter, epidemiologist and pediatric infectious disease specialist at NYU Langone Health.

The National Health Service’s full list of possible Covid symptoms now includes:

  • A high temperature or chills (chills);

  • A new cough continues;

  • Loss or change in smell or taste;

  • Shortness of breath;

  • Feelings of tiredness or exhaustion;

  • Body aches and headaches;

  • Sore throat;

  • Stuffy or runny nose;

  • Loss of appetite;

  • Diarrhea;

  • Feeling bad or having a stomach ache.

“The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu,” the NHS website says.

The UK government removed all of its legally enforceable coronavirus restrictions in February. Since then, the rate of positive tests has increased and around one in 13 people in England tested positive in the week ending March 26, according to the UK Office for National Statistics.

The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has increased, but the number of people in intensive care remains well below the numbers seen at the height of the Delta wave in January 2021.

Britain as a whole recently recorded an average of around 65,000 new coronavirus cases a day, 27% fewer than two weeks earlier, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

In other developments around the world:

  • Greece will start offering additional coronavirus vaccine boosters to the elderly this week, the head of its immunization committee said on Tuesday. Injections will be available to people over 80 on Thursday, with eligibility extending to anyone over 70 a week later and anyone over 60 a week after that. In January, Greece suspended the application of a monthly fine of 100 euros for people over 60 who were not vaccinated.

  • The provinces of Quebec and Prince Edward Island in Canada announced extensions to their indoor mask mandates on Tuesday, bucking the widespread trend of easing and making provinces among the last places in North America to continue to require masks in all indoor public spaces , reported Reuters. Health officials in Quebec have said they expect an increase in coronavirus cases in the province this month.

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