WHEN people think of Covid symptoms, they usually think of high temperatures, a cough, and change to taste and smell.

So when I started to get issues with my digestive system, the last thing I thought to do was take a Covid test.

It was only when my mum, who works in the NHS, said that that Covid can affect your stomach that I took a test and found out I had the virus.

Most of the symptoms I had I would never have associated with Covid. Feeling or being sick, for example, is also a sign. 

People with Omicron are less likely to experience the traditional symptoms (fever, loss of smell, and persistent cough) compared with Delta, according to the British Medical Journal.

People with Omicron are more likely to have a sore throat and hoarse voice.

It also doesn't tend to last as long as Delta.

Day 0

My only symptom this day was that I was just completely wiped out.

Day 1

I ate dinner as normal, but the food went straight through me. 

Days 2-6

This continued for a long time. I took a test and found out I was positive for Covid. I stayed indoors and watched every boxset I could find.

I lost my appetite. The only foods I could hold were bananas, egg on toast and (thankfully) cinnamon buns. I couldn't drink tea, the most depressing thing of all.

On one day, I had a really weird ache in one of my legs. I've read that random aches are also a symptom.

Days 7-9

I tested negative on day 7, and started to feel a little better. I slowly got back to eating normally.

Although technically free of the virus, I still felt wobbly and insecure about leaving the house, which is unsurprising considering the amount of time I had just spent indoors.

If you're experiencing anything out of the ordinary, I would recommend taking a lateral flow just to make sure.

The UK’s official list of Covid symptoms has now been expanded to include more symptoms - the NHS website has a long list: 

  • high temperature
  • shivering (chills)
  • a continuous cough
  • loss or change to sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • aches in the body
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling or being sick.

To read the latest Government guidance on Covid-19, click here.

A message from the Editor

Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo.

Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website.

You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more.

Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself.

Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents

Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News