A GP warned those experiencing symptoms of ‘the worst cold ever’ that it could in fact still be Covid.
Dr Helen Wall, who is an experienced family GP in Bolton, Greater Manchester, has identified several “worrying” symptoms to watch out for as a heavy cold spreads across the country. She also said anyone who is struggling to take on water and is passing no urine may actually be experiencing dehydration and must visit their GP.
But these symptoms – and a shortness of breath – may be combined with a other symptoms more associated with the “worst lurgy ever” sweeping the country.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Dr Wall said: “I would advise someone to see a doctor if they are experiencing shortness of breath, being unable to drink fluids so they are no passing urine – that’s a sign of dehydration.
“If you’ve got an unusual rash, try and speak to a doctor.”
However, she said these symptoms are rare with those suffering common colds at the moment. Instead, those with the lurgy are more likely to have a “sandpaper throat, chesty cough and a runny nose” and are also “totally floored” for weeks.
GPs are urging people with this new cold to get tested for COVID-19.
They also say this new “lurgy” is actually not a surprise given previous warnings from health chiefs that adults and children alike may fall sick this Autumn. This is due to the fact that people are once again socialising on a large scale without any restrictions, for the first time since March of 2020.
But Dr Wall stresses anyone with these symptoms should get tested for coronavirus.
“You can’t tell the difference. That’s the problem,” the doctor added.
“When Covid first started off in March of 2020, we were quite clear about the three main symptoms – cough, fever, loss of taste and smell. If you had those, you might have coronavirus.
“Now, it seems to have changed and whether that’s because the virus has changed, we have a number of new variants, the symptoms for Covid-19 are very similar to those of a regular cold.
“We know more now than we did then – the majority of people coming forward with Covid, particularly children after speaking to a paediatric consultant recently, don’t actually have a cough.
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