Is a sore throat a symptom of coronavirus? Signs of Covid-19 explained - and what you should do

Strict lockdown measures have been enforced in the UK an effort to minimise social contact and thereby reduce the spread of Covid-19

While widely publicised symptoms of the virus include a new, persistent cough and a high temperature, there are other less common symptoms to look out for - many of which resemble common cold and flu symptoms.

So can a sore throat indicate that you have coronavirus? Here’s what you should know.

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Is a sore throat a symptom of coronavirus?

A sore throat can be a sign of a coronavirus infection, according to the World Health Organisation (Photo: Shutterstock)

A sore throat can be a sign of a coronavirus infection, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It is not considered one of the most common symptoms, although some people with coronavirus may suffer from it.

Sore throats are usually caused by viruses, such as cold or flu, and can cause pain when swallowing, redness in the back of the mouth, a mild cough, and make the throat dry and scratchy.

What are the other symptoms of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a fever, tiredness and a dry cough, according to the (WHO).

However, some people may also suffer with the following:

- aches and pains

- nasal congestion

- runny nose

- sore throat

- diarrhoea

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Around one in six people who contract the virus become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing, and about 80 per cent recover without needing any special treatment.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop a serious illness.

How is coronavirus spread?

The virus is thought to spread from human to human via small droplets from the nose or mouth when someone coughs, sneezes or exhales.

These droplets can then be picked up from objects or surfaces, when people touch their eyes, nose or mouth, or if the droplets are breathed in.

Does everyone display symptoms?

Some people can become infected with coronavirus and not develop any symptoms, or feel unwell.

If you don’t show any symptoms, this is known as being asymptomatic.

People who are asymptomatic pose a risk of spreading the virus to others, as they are unaware they need to self-isolate.

As such, they could be passing the virus on to others without knowing.

It is possible that a large number of people could already have coronavirus despite not showing any symptoms, but as yet it is impossible to tell.

It is likely that this will occur more often in the healthiest and younger age groups, although it cannot be confirmed without a test.

What should I do if I display symptoms?

Health experts have warned those who experience symptoms of the virus, including a new or dry cough, or a high temperature, to self-isolate for two weeks until the symptoms have ended.

All other members of the household should also self-isolate for at least 14 days, even if they themselves do not have any symptoms.

If anyone else develops symptoms during that time, that person must stay home for an additional seven days from when they developed symptoms.

Once this period has passed they no longer need to isolate, providing the symptoms have ended.

When should I seek medical help?

If you suffer any symptoms of coronavirus, Public Health England (PHE) are urging people not to visit their GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You should use NHS online services instead.

Only call 111 if:

- you are not able to get online

- you have been instructed to call

- your symptoms worsen

Call 999 for help if you have a serious or life-threatening emergency, and tell the call adviser if you have coronavirus symptoms.

#HealthHeroes

Show your support for the incredible work being done by those working on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. Join our Facebook group and follow the dedicated Instagram page to read stories of everyday heroism and share your own messages.

A message from the Editor

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this website, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you, and stay safe.