The United Kingdom has added nine new COVID-19 symptoms to its official list after free testing ended in England.
The UK Health Security Agency extended the COVID-19 symptoms list to include shortness of breath, feeling tired or exhausted, an aching body, a headache, a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and feeling or being sick.
The National Health Service (NHS) cautioned that many of the new symptoms “are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.”
The update came as the UK reported a record high of COVID-19 cases and after over two years into the pandemic.
Nearly five million people in the UK tested positive for COVID-19 in the week ending March 26.
Free testing in England ended last week.
Professor Tim Spector, the lead scientist of the Zoe COVID-19 symptom tracker app, said that the update was overdue and “could help reduce infections.”
Originally, the UK only had three COVID-19 symptoms: fever, a new and persistent cough, and a loss or change in taste or smell, according to the NHS website.
Other organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have had longer COVID-19 symptoms list for some time.
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