Is it Covid or the ‘worst cold ever’? Different symptoms explained

Is it Covid or the ‘worst cold ever’? Different symptoms explained
Is it Covid or the ‘worst cold ever’? Different symptoms explained
People across the country are complaining of the ‘worst cold ever’ is going around (Picture: Getty)

The ‘worst cold ever’ is going around and whether you’ve been lucky enough to dodge it, or are currently feeling under the weather with a range of cold-like ailments, we’ve got the lowdown.

Many people have been struck down with a serious cold this year after spending close to two years taking preventative measures to avoid Covid-19, like staying at home, avoiding close contact, and wearing face coverings.

Naturally, this has impacted many people’s immune systems meaning they’re more susceptible to catching the common cold now that restrictions have lifted.

Some have complained of Covid-like systems, but how can you tell the difference?

What are the symptoms and how do they differ from Covid-19?

While the symptoms of this cold are similar to those experienced by people suffering from Covid-19, they don’t necessarily indicate you have the virus.

woman does a covid test at home
It’s always worth doing a Covid test if you show any symptoms (Picture: Getty)

Symptoms for the ‘worst cold ever’, including those reported by people on social media, involve having:

  • A sore or scratchy throat
  • Losing your voice
  • Body aches
  • Continuous headaches
  • Frequent sneezing
  • A runny nose
  • A continuous cough
  • A change in smell or taste
  • A fever or temperature from 38 degrees Celsius and above

However, as several symptoms are also experienced by those with Covid-19, get a PCR test and stay at home if you have the following:

  • A continuous cough
  • A fever or temperature
  • A change in smell or taste

While many people suffering from Covid-19 have suffered significantly, a proportion has also likened it to a ‘bad cold’ despite testing positive for the virus. Therefore, it’s always worth getting a lateral flow or PCR test to be sure.

Retail worker Rebecca told BBC Newsbeat: ‘I barely slept, I’d wake up in the night just coughing, a constantly runny nose and feeling so tired.’

Despite testing negative for Covid-19 after taking lateral flow tests, she was ill for over a week.

While we’ve shared plenty of tips to help you treat your first cold in over a year, the key things to do include avoiding over-exerting yourself – so, put your partying on hold for a little while.

Honey Poured Over Lemon in Glass Teacup
Get sipping on hot water with honey and lemon if you’re suffering from a sore throat (Picture: Tara Higgins Hill via Getty)

Dr Philippa Kaye, a GP in London, also told the BBC people suffering with the cold should have: ‘Loads of fluids and rest, over-the-counter simple painkillers for headaches and aches and pains.

‘Even simple things like honey in a hot drink can help ease a sore throat.’

However, she does warn people to seek medical help if symptoms worsen significantly, saying: ‘If you become more unwell, if you cough up blood, have chest pain, if you have shortness of breath or chest tightness, then you need to seek medical advice.’


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Author: Surena Chande