Loughborough Echo

Tell cold, Covid and flu apart


WITH other winter bugs going around, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a cold or flu and Omicron.

Anyone who shows any Covid symptom should take a free PCR, which can be booked online.

Many symptoms overlap, but according to the NHS, cold symptoms come on gradually.

They can include: blocked or runny nose; sore throat; headaches; muscle aches; coughs; sneezing; raised temperatur­e; loss of taste and smell.

Flu symptoms can include: a sudden fever; aching body; feeling tired or exhausted; dry cough; sore throat; headache; difficulty sleeping; loss of appetite; diarrhoea or tummy pain; feeling sick and being sick.

The main Covid symptoms are: high temperatur­e; new, continuous cough; loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Anyone experienci­ng any of these symptoms should book a free PCR test.

The top five symptoms of Omicron if you have had two vaccinatio­ns are: runny nose; headache; fatigue; sneezing; sore throat.

Loss of appetite and brain fog are also common.

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