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How to recognise Covid-19 or flu symptoms this winter

There are many similarities between flu, Covid-19 and even the common cold and each one can manifest itself differently, with stronger or milder symptoms, depending on the individual.

The three key symptoms of Covid-19 are, fever, dry cough of shortness of breath and loss of taste or smell.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should self-isolate and visit nhs.uk/coronavirus for information on how to book a test

Other possible symptoms of Covid-19

  • Tiredness

  • Aches and pains

  • Nasal congestion

  • Headache

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Sore throat

  • Diarrhoea

  • Rash on skin

  • Discolouration of fingers or toes

  • Loss of appetite

Signs that it might be a cold or the flu

  • If symptoms come on very suddenly, this is more common in flu

  • If you’re sneezing a lot, this is more often seen in the common cold

  • HOWEVER, you should definitely take a Covid-19 test if you exhibit any of the key symptoms, even if you think it’s something else

How to avoid picking up a bug this winter

☑ Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitiser when you’re out and may not have access to hand washing facilities

☑ Wear a face covering – especially in crowded places. Remember to wash your face covering after every use

☑ Eat healthily and get plenty of exercise, to give your body
the strongest chance of fighting infection

☑ Get the flu vaccine. See nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine