It’s that time of year again. Autumn is year, and with the return of schools there has been a rise in common colds and other respiratory infections.
Many Brits have been coughing and sneezing more than usual – and there have even been reports of it being the “worst cold ever”.
But with coronavirus infection cases still increasing, you need to make sure you are not putting others at risk by spreading the virus.
Those who have coronavirus symptoms are asked to self isolate until they have confirmed a positive test.
So how can you tell the difference between common cold and Covid-19 symptoms? Here is everything you need to know.
What are the main Covid symptoms?
According to the NHS, the main coronavirus symptoms are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you or your child has any of these symptoms you should get a PCR test and stay at home until you get the result.
What are the symptoms of a cold?
According to the NHS, the symptoms of a cold can come on gradually, and include:
- A blocked or runny nose
- A sore throat
- Muscle aches
- A raised temperature
- Pressure in your ears and face
- Loss of taste and smell
How can you tell the difference between a cold and Covid?
As many of the symptoms of Covid and a cold are the same, it can be tricky to know which ones you have.
Professor Tim Spector previously appeared on This Morning to clear up any confusing.
He explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “Many people – perhaps up to half of cases – are going unrecognised because they basically have symptoms that are very cold-like.
“So headache, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing – and the only one that gets into the top five is loss of smell or taste.
“We’re now seeing that fever is very low down on the ranking of what we’re seeing at the moment. Even rarer are things like shortness of breath or a persistent cough.
“It’s a combination of factors but we’ve got to face the reality which is, most people out there with Covid are presenting with cold-like symptoms.”
The only way to know the difference for sure is to take a Covid test. If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, you can take a PCR test.
You can order a PCR test off the government website here.
If you have a cold, you should be able to treat this at home with plenty of rest and sleep, drinking lots of water and keeping warm.