Coronavirus symptoms update: The warning sign when looking into light

Coronavirus is becoming a spent force in the UK – if the numbers are anything to go by. The last 24 hours saw 18 deaths in England, two in Wales and one in Northern Ireland. No fatalities have been reported in Scottish hospitals over the past 24 hours.

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It is worth bearing in mind that gains in one area do not tell the whole story.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed the government is considering placing Leicester under lockdown as cases in the East-Midlands city have surged in the two weeks to June 16.

Amid the mounting concerns of a second spike, prudent policy decisions are required.

Prudence also falls on the shoulders of ordinary citizens.

It is vital that you stay alert to the many symptoms that have been reported and respond accordingly if you experience them.

It has become woefully apparent that the NHS’ list of possible symptoms does cover the full spectrum.

The NHS states the main warning signs as the following:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

There are a range of unusual symptoms that have been brought to the public’s attention, however.

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One lesser-known sign is a sensitivity and irritation to light, according to Mayo Clinic.

Other eye-related symptoms include enlarged, red blood vessels, swollen eyelids, excessive watering and increased discharge, notes the health body.

“These symptoms are more common in people with severe infections,” it adds.

According to Harvard Health, other more concerning indicators include high fever, severe cough, and shortness of breath.

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As the health body warns, these symptoms often indicate pneumonia, a swelling (inflammation) of the tissue in one or both lungs.

What should I do if my symptoms are worsening?

According to the NHS, it’s important to get medical help if your symptoms get worse.

The health body also highlights a number of warning signs that require urgent medical attention.

These include:

  • Struggling to breathe
  • Are coughing up blood
  • Have blue lips or a blue face
  • Feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • Have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • Collapse or faint
  • Become confused or very drowsy
  • Have stopped urinating or are urinating much less than usual

If you only show mild symptoms, UK health advice says to self-isolate for seven days from the moment they appear, however.

You can stop self-isolating after seven days if either:

  • Your symptoms have gone
  • You just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these symptoms can last for weeks after the infection has gone
  • The NHS says to keep self-isolating if you still have any of these symptoms after seven days:
  • A high temperature or feeling hot and shivery
  • A runny nose or sneezing
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite

It adds: “Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone. If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they’ve stopped.”

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