With a third national lockdown as Covid cases increase due to a new strain of infection, questions will be asked about symptoms.
Some wonder if a headache is a sign of coronavirus. What does the medical advice tell us?
According to the NHS, the main symptoms of the coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – This means that if you touch your chest or back, you will feel hot (there is no need to take your temperature).
- a new, persistent cough – This means that you are coughing a lot for more than an hour or you have 3 or more coughing fits in a 24 hour period (if you normally cough it may be worse than usual).
- a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste – This means that you have noticed that you cannot smell or taste anything, or that things smell or taste differently than normal
The NHS says most people with Covid-19 will have at least one of these symptoms.
Of course, we also know that a significant number of people are asymptomatic – meaning they have no signs of Covid infection at all.
The NHS has asked anyone with one of the main symptoms of the coronavirus to undergo a test and stay home without visitors until the result of that test is known.
Everyone in your support bladder should stay home even if you’ve been in close contact with your symptoms since they started or in the 48 hours before they started.
No mention of a headache in the NHS information, but the World Health Organization says it may actually be a symptom of coronavirus.
According to the WHO, the following should be observed:
Most common symptoms:
- dry cough.
Less common symptoms:
- Discomfort and pain.
- Sore throat.
- A headache.
- Loss of taste or smell.
- Rash or discoloration of the fingers or toes.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Loss of speech or movement.
As you can see, the rarer symptoms of Covid can include a headache.
A WHO report examining over 55,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 found that 13.6 percent of those cases were reported to have headaches.
However, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a Covid-related headache and another type of headache.
The following characteristics of a Covid-19 headache have been reported in reports:
- moderate to severe in intensity
- causes a throbbing or oppressive feeling
- occurs on both sides of the head (bilateral)
- can get worse if you bend over
The website for health advice Healthline says, “Headaches are a potential symptom of Covid-19. Which point of infection typically occurs is yet to be determined.
“To date, headaches have been reported both early and late in the infection phase, with subsequent headaches possibly being associated with worsening of the disease.
“Headache can also be a symptom of Covid-19 in people with migraines. In these cases, headaches have been reported to appear before more typical Covid-19 symptoms such as fever and cough.
“Studies have begun looking at the frequency of headaches in Covid-19. The exact numbers may vary depending on the population studied. Research has shown that they have occurred in around 11 to 34 percent of people hospitalized with Covid-19. “
The World Health Organization added, “Covid-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
“Get medical attention immediately if your symptoms are severe. Always call before calling your doctor or health care facility.
“People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should treat their symptoms at home.
“On average, it takes 5 to 6 days for someone to become infected with the virus for symptoms to appear, but it can take up to 14 days.”