It is now been months months since the first coronavirus cases were confirmed. In the weeks since we have learned to look out for the most common symptoms like a continuous dry cough or fever but do you know what milder symptoms to look out for?
Less apparent symptoms, including loss of appetite and sense of smell, could indicate you have the Covid-19 virus.
There are now 116,658 confirmed cases in the UK, with more than 500 fatalities.
1 - Loss of sense of smell and taste
The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology warned if you lose your sense of smell and taste it could mean you have Covid-19.
Specialists recommended anyone with these symptoms should immediately self-isolate.
They believe the symptoms are caused by the coronavirus killing the cells in the nose and throat.
In a statement, they announced: “Evidence from other countries that the entry point for the coronavirus is often in the eyes, nose, and throat areas.
“We have also identified new symptoms that may mean that people without other symptoms but with loss of this sense may have to self-isolate to reduce the spread of the virus.”
Ryan Van Waterschoot ended up in hospital relying on an oxygen mask after he fell ill with Covid-19.
A day after losing his sense of taste and smell, he was unable to move.
2 - Physical Fatigue
One of the common symptoms of the coronavirus, along with cold or flu, is feeling fatigued.
Rest is recommended when you’re ill, but symptoms of the coronavirus can make rest difficult and can worsen symptoms.
Jaimuay Sae-ung, 73 was the first Thai national to contract coronavirus last year, she only knew she had the virus after going to the hospital.
She told Sky News: “I felt a bit sad, a bit shocked, tired, and fatigued, and I couldn’t eat.”
3 - Mental fatigue
Although this has not been marked as an official symptom, Covid-19 suffers have reported experiencing mental fatigue.
The Mirror Online reported: Thea Jourdan, a victim of the virus, said: “Initially I felt exhausted as if I was dragging myself through treacle and had no choice but to go to my bed.
“I had no meaningful cough, and I wasn’t running a fever, but I had a peculiar sensation of something settling deep within my lungs, almost like breathing talcum powder.”
4 - Lack of appetite
Victims of the virus have reported losing their appetite to some degree.
While some have reported only a little, others have reported no desire to eat at all.
Stephen Power believes he contracted the disease while at Cheltenham Festival, he said: “I’ve been in bed with a nasty fever, headache, mild cough and back pain fro nearly four days.
“I’m completely exhausted and have no desire to more or eat.”
5 - Stomach ache
Alongside the loss of appetite, victims have reported experiencing stomach aches.
A new study by the American Journal of Gastroenterology has linked tummy problems to Covid-19.
They found that 48.5% of 204 people infected experienced digestive symptoms such as diarrhoea.
6 - Sore eyes
Reports suggest that eye problems, such as a burning sensation or itchiness and irritation - like what you experience with hay fever could be a symptom of the virus.
The only difference between hay fever symptoms and the coronavirus cases is that the virus triggers the symptoms, not external factors.