Hair loss and pink eye are among the signs you may have had coronavirus and didn’t know about it.
Despite 400 million tests being carried out in the UK since the start of the pandemic, some people will have had Covid-19 and not be aware.
The NHS lists the more traditional signs, such as a fever, difficulty breathing and having a cough.
Another common sign that you have had the virus is the loss of your taste and ability to smell.
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However, there are other symptoms you may not be aware of and, when in doubt, it’s essential that you self-isolate and book an appointment for a Covid-19 test to prevent the spread of the virus, MirrorOnlIne reports
Three quarters of people with new cold-like symptoms are likely to have Covid but exponential case growth seems to have stopped, scientists have said.
According to new analysis, the ZOE Covid Study estimates that 75% of people experiencing new cold-like symptoms are likely to have symptomatic Covid-19.
This is up from around 50% last week, with the study reporting that the data was showing a fall in the number of non-Covid “colds” and a rise in symptomatic coronavirus infections.
It also said that the incidence figures show there are currently 192,290 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid-19 in the UK on average, based on test data from up to three days ago. This is up 33% from the 144,284 reported last week.
While more traditional signs are indicators, there are other symptoms you may not be aware of:
Developing pink eye or conjunctivitis after having Covid-19 can occur due to how the virus enters your body.
According to Healthline, Covid-19 is believed to enter your cells through receptors for the enzyme called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).
It’s able to enter as it tricks these receptors into believing it’s actually the ACE2 enzyme instead of SARS-CoV-2.
These ACE2 receptors are found in different parts of the eye, including your retina and epithelial cells which line the white of your eye and eyelid.
Not only can you develop pink eye, but you could also get other eye-related symptoms:
- dry eyes
- excessive tearing
- increased eye secretions
Hair loss is not on the list of common signs of Covid-19, however, many people diagnosed with the virus have shared their experience with losing volume and shedding hair.
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