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140 GPs call for new symptoms to be added to Covid watch list

Wales Online logo Wales Online 02/02/2021 Neil Shaw

Health chiefs have been urged to add new symptoms to the list associated with Covid-19 as 140 GPs say signs of a common cold could also be signs of coronavirus.

A group of 140 London GPs and health practitioners have written to England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, asking for the list of Covid symptoms to be updated.

The doctors say patients are commonly presenting with symptoms that would traditionally be dismissed as a common cold - before testing positive for Covid-19.

The symptoms they want added to the watch list include a runny nose, a sore throat, a blocked nose and headaches, reports The Mirror.

Dr Alex Sohal, a GP in Tower Hamlets, east London, said : "These patients have frequently not even considered that they may have Covid-19 and have not self-isolated in the crucial early days when they were most infectious.

“The national publicity campaign focuses on cough, high temperature, and loss of smell or taste as symptoms to be aware of—only patients with these symptoms are able to access a Covid-19 test online through the NHS test booking site. GPs have to advise patients to be dishonest to get a Covid-19 test.

“It is vital to now change the UK Covid-19 case definition and test criteria to include coryza [runny nose] and cold, making them consistent with WHO.

“Tell the public, especially those who have to go out to work and their employers, that even those with mild symptoms (not only a cough, high temperature, and a loss of smell or taste) should not go out, prioritising the first five days of self-isolation when they are most likely to be infectious.

“This will help to get—and keep—us out of this indefinite lockdown, as covid-19 becomes increasingly endemic globally. Ignoring this will be at our peril.”

She added that the World Health Organisation’s definition includes other symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhoea.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman was reported to have said the list of symptoms was under constant review.

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