The Most (And Least) Common Symptoms Of Covid In 2021

Fatigue, headaches and coughs were the most commonly reported symptoms of people with Covid-19 at the start of this year, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The symptoms were measured between December 1, 2020 and March 22, 2021 and were taken from people who had a “strong positive” test result – meaning there was a high viral load present.

You might notice these symptoms look slightly different to the classic symptoms the NHS warns people to look out for: a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Sarah Crofts, senior statistician for the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey, said the findings highlight the range of symptoms people can experience with the virus.

“The classic symptoms of fatigue, headache and cough are still the most commonly reported by those infected with the virus,” she said, “while only around one in five experience loss of taste or smell only.”

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