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Covid-19 or the Common Cold? Your Questions Answered

Are you suffering from the common cold or covid-19? It can be difficult not to look for symptoms that aren't there, and/or think the worst, when what you might be suffering from is indeed a cold.

That said, no one likes to feel ill, so we're answering some of your most-asked questions about covid-19 and the common cold. Read on...

If I have coronavirus, will my throat feeling 'phlegm-y'?

According to WebMD (based on insight from researchers in China), some of the most common symptoms among people who were hospitalised with covid-19, include:

  • Fever: 99%
  • Fatigue:70%
  • A dry cough: 59%
  • Loss of appetite: 40%
  • Body aches: 35%
  • Shortness of breath: 31%
  • Mucus or phlegm: 27%

As you can see, mucus isn't observed as often as, say, fever. If you're experiencing excess mucus on the throat or chest but no other symptoms, it could be a result of another common condition - but as ever, it's always best to speak to a health care professional, if you're worried. GP surgeries up and down the country are still taking calls, with many doing online consultations, too.

Which symptoms should I be worried about?

Web MD suggests emergency symptoms of covid-19 include:

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you need medical care as soon as possible. Call your doctor's surgery or hospital before you go in - and take a look at the NHS site for more information.

What are the main symptoms of covid-19?

Before the covid-19, it's likely that if you were experiencing any 'usual' symptoms of a common cold, you'd dismiss them and get on with your daily life - unless, of course, you became too unwell to go into the office or go about your regular activities.

Now, you might be more inclined to be anxious, so here are the main symptoms of covid-19, according to the NHS site. This may help you differentiate them from the usual symptoms of a cold:

A high temperature – this means, says the site, 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.

What are the main symptoms of a cold?

If you're experiencing a cold, the NHS states your symptoms may include any or all of the following:

  • a blocked or runny nose
  • a sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • coughs
  • sneezing
  • a raised temperature
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell.

But again, if you're worried about any new symptoms, it's a good idea to speak to a healthcare professional at your earliest opportunity.

What do I do if I think I have covid-19?

In the first instance, you'll need to head to this handy questionnaire on the NHS site. It will ask you a few basic questions about your current health, to determine if your symptoms are similar to those of covid-19.

If you're worried about new or recurring symptoms - whether covid-19 related or not - do not hesitate to call your GP for advice.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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