CORONAVIRUS has infected millions and with cases continuing to rise, people are curious to know what the symptoms are.
Experts now understand more about the symptoms of Covid-19, with a sore throat a possible sign of infection.
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Is a sore throat a symptom of coronavirus?
A sore throat may be a warning sign of coronavirus infection.
The most common symptoms are a high temperature, a new and continuous cough and loss of taste and small, according to the NHS.
But some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion, aches and pains or diarrhoea.
If the sufferer develops a sore throat it is usually mild and begins gradually.
In some cases, it will be a common cold, rather than Covid-19.
But the advice is, if you start to show signs of being ill, it’s best to be safe and isolate.
What should I do if I have a sore throat and a fever or cough?
If you have a sore throat along with any other coronavirus symptoms you should get a test.
A sore throat along with a continuous cough or fever could be a sign you have the virus.
You will need to be tested and tell those you have been in contact with so they can isolate until your results are known.
After a test you should not leave the house until your results are known.
And if you live with others, everyone in the house must stay at home.
If the results are negative you can continue as normal but if positive then you need to self-isolate.
The NHS states if you had a positive test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least ten days from when your symptoms started.
You should not get a test if you don’t have any other Covid symptoms.
What should I do if I only have a sore throat?
If you are worried about symptoms you can go through the NHS 111 online service.
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
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What are the other symptoms of coronavirus?
A high temperature is a common symptom.
This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, you do not need to measure your temperature with a thermometer.
A new, continuous, dry cough is also a symptom.
This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
A loss of taste and smell are also recognised as core symptoms of Covid-19 along with a new continuous cough and a high temperature.
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