A new study conducted by experts at the Imperial College in London, UK has identified four new symptoms linked to a COVID-19 infection.
The symptoms, according to the researchers, include chills, loss of appetite, headaches and muscle aches.
According to NAN, the study, carried out by the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) team at the college, was conducted among more than 1 million people between June 2020 and January 2021.
In the report released on Wednesday, the research showed that the new symptoms were in addition to the “classic” symptoms of COVID-19 already included in the National Health Service (NHS) guidance, such as fever, new persistent cough, loss of sense of smell and/or taste.
There were also some variations in symptoms depending on age, but chills were associated with COVID-19 across all age groups.
The report added that the more symptoms people showed, the more likely they are infected by the virus.
It, however, added that around 60 percent of infected people did not report any symptoms at all in the week leading up to their tests.
Speaking on the findings, Joshua Elliott, a professor and director of the REACT research program, said a lot of people with the novel coronavirus won’t be getting tested or self-isolating “because their symptoms don’t match those used in current public health guidance to help identify infected people.”
“As the epidemic progresses and new variants emerge, it’s essential that we keep monitoring how the virus affects people so that testing programmes meet changing needs,” he added.
“We hope that our data will help inform testing guidance and the development of systems which could help better identify people who should take a Covid-19 test based on their symptoms.”
In April 2020, the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added six new symptoms to its list of possible signs of COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, 107,646,421 cases have been reported with 2,358,304 deaths recorded, according to worldometer.
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