The telltale signs of the Corona virus among young people include fatigue, headache, sore throat and loss of appetite – not the official symptoms of persistent cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, and fever. They have the classic Covid-19 symptoms.
Instead, the Covid Symptom Study App found that the most common telltale signs among children were fatigue, headache, sore throat and loss of appetite, and the only official symptom the children had on the most common list was a fever.
The app, developed by King’s College London, lists fever as a common symptom for children, and adults also often experience fatigue, headache, and sore throat – along with the most well-known symptoms of persistent cough and loss of smell, according to the app.
The NHS currently lists fever, persistent cough, and loss of smell or taste as official symptoms of Covid-19.
“Getting children back to school and keeping them in school is a priority, so it is imperative that we understand how Covid-19 affects children and highlight potential differences,” said Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College London.
Knowing that children who have respiratory symptoms less and are more likely to suffer from headaches, fatigue and a rash, will help parents make the right decisions to keep them at home until they feel better.
About 52% of children who test positive for coronavirus have not reported any of the officially recognized symptoms of coronavirus in the week before and after testing.
The top five symptoms in children were fatigue (55%), headache (53%), fever (49%), sore throat (38%) and loss of appetite (35%), according to the app.