Full list of the 20 most common Covid symptoms right now – as 1 in 35 have the bug | The Sun

COVID cases have fallen for the first time since summer in the UK, but over a million Brits are still testing positive for the bug.

As we head into winter, many of us are on high alert when it comes to those around us coughing or sneezing.

Around one in 35 people in England currently have the illness – that's around 1.9million, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed on Friday.

While that's a drop of nine per cent in the last week, down from one in 30 people, many are still contracting the bug.

One in 40 people in Wales have it, one in 30 in Northern Ireland and one in 35 in Scotland.

If you've had the virus before, then you might think you'd know exactly what to look out for.

But as strains have evolved and changed over the last two years, so have the symptoms.

The most recent data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app states that there are 20 symptoms Brits should be on the lookout for.

  1. Sore throat – 62.16%
  2. Blocked nose – 53.77%
  3. Headache – 53.35%
  4. Cough no phlegm – 52.66%
  5. Runny nose – 52.4%
  6. Sneezing – 47.81%
  7. Cough with phlegm – 43.11%
  8. Hoarse voice – 42.53%
  9. Muscle pain aches – 27.07%
  10. Fatigue – 21.9%
  11. Dizzy light headed – 20.53%
  12. Altered smell – 20.05%
  13. Swollen neck glands -18.36%
  14. Eye soreness – 16.73%
  15. Chest pain tightness – 15.62%
  16. Shortness of breath – 15.25%
  17. Loss of smell – 15.04%
  18. Earache – 14.14%
  19. Chills or shivers – 13.03%
  20. Joint pain shoulders – 10.04%

As testing is no longer free, it can be difficult to know whether or not you have the bug.

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So if you have a sore throat, there's a big chance it's Covid – but it could also just be a sore throat, which is usually caused by viruses like the cold or flu, or because of smoking.

Very occasionally, the NHS says that sore throats can also be caused by laryngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat or glandular fever.

Since the Omicron wave took hold in the UK last year, the majority of people who get the bug are experiencing common cold like signs.

This strain has been proven to be milder than those that have come before it such as Delta and Alpha.

The spread of the bug may also be slower due to a mammoth vaccine rollout and the fact that many people have already been infected.

As cases have fallen in the last week, data from the ONS published today also revealed that deaths from the bug have dropped by five per cent.

In the week ending October 28, 651 deaths were registered in England and Wales, with Covid mentioned on the death certificate.

This is a decreased from the week ending October 21, when 687 were recorded.

With one in 35 now having the bug, one expert warned that people need to once again start to take precautions.

Professor Denis Kinane, immunologist and Founding Scientist, Cignpost Diagnostics said this includes using facemasks and avoiding crowded indoor events.

He added: "As long as a portion of the population remains unvaccinated, the virus will continue to mutate, and we could see newer and more potent strains emerge.

"The ending of universal free testing and the lack of a baseline surveillance system at our borders has severely reduced the UK's capability to identify, analyse, and stem the spread of future variants.

"This has inevitably deterred many from getting tested, and it is likely we will see infections spread rapidly as people will not be aware that there are infected."


It comes as Covid strains dubbed the 'grandchild of Omicron' are spreading in Australia, China and across Europe.

Infectious disease physician Dr Paul Griffin said there were several subvariants he was "watching closely" – including two offshoots known as XBB and BQ.

He told Aussie morning news show Sunrise: "Some have described it as a ‘variant soup’, because there are so many new ones at the moment.

"Perhaps the two most concerning are BQ which is an offshoot of BA5, which has been detected mainly in Europe and the US, and around 10 per cent of cases globally.

"And the other is XBB which has been causing problems in Singapore and India."

BA.5 is a subvariant of extremely infectious Omicron that swept across the world last winter and is believed to be the source of other mutations like BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 currently hitting China.

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Dr Griffin said the variants looked "a bit" more infectious than previous strains.

"They may also be better at evading our immune response both from past infection and from vaccination, so it certainly highlights that the pandemic is not over," he warned.

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