The coronavirus has changed a lot since it was first discovered in late 2019 – early 2020.
When it first appeared, the symptoms it produced were very distinct, allowing scientists and the general public to distinguish it from other diseases.
During this time the virus caused a dry and persistent cough and loss of taste and smell. Now the ‘picture’ is less clear.
The main symptoms of the coronavirus are now not as black and white as they used to be, as there is now a wave driven by two subvariants of Omicron, BA.4 and BA.5.
As a result, the main symptoms to watch out for are less smell and taste, or even a persistent dry cough.
Professor Spector said symptoms of sore throat and fatigue were more commonly reported in patients with COVID-19 than those with the common cold. Professor Spector added: “Try to get tested if you can. If you can’t get tested, assume you have a cold and stay away from other people until you feel better.