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UK Develops COVID App That Helps Tell The ‘Real’ Coronavirus Symptoms To Look Out For In Children

The telltale signs of coronavirus among youngsters are fatigue, a headache, a sore throat and loss of appetite – not the official symptoms of a persistent cough, a loss of smell or taste and a fever.

The majority of children who have tested positive for coronavirus did not show classic Covid-19 symptoms, according to an app. The Covid Symptom Study App instead found the most common telltale signs among youngsters are fatigue, a headache, a sore throat and loss of appetite.

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Adults also often suffer fatigue, a headache and a sore throat – alongside the more recognisable symptoms of a persistent cough and a loss of smell, according to the app.

The NHS currently lists a fever, a continuous cough and a loss of smell or taste as official symptoms of Covid-19.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, said:

“Getting children back to school and keeping them in school is a priority, so it is essential that we understand how Covid-19 affects children and highlight the potential differences.

“Knowing that children present less often with respiratory symptoms and are more likely to be suffering from headaches, fatigue and skin rashes, will help parents make the right decisions to keep them at home until they feel better.

“This is a stressful time for all and if we can get as many parents to log for their children as possible we will have a much clearer picture of Covid within local schools across the UK allowing us to keep schools open and children learning!”

Some 52 per cent of children who tested positive for coronavirus did not log any of the officially recognised symptoms of coronavirus in the week before and after their test.

The top five symptoms in children are fatigue (55%), headache (53%), fever (49%), sore throat (38%) and loss of appetite (35%), according to the app.

Source Mirror

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