Sore throat, headache, blocked nose common new symptoms of COVID: Health ministry

Jehad El-Sayed, Sunday 17 Jul 2022

Sore throat is the most common symptom of COVID-19, followed by headache and blocked nose, the Egyptian Health and Population Ministry said on Sunday citing British ZOE COVID Study.

File photo: a man wearing a mask in downtown Cairo while others wait in front of the health ministry's Central Laboratories to get tested for COVID-19 (Photo: AFP)


The Ministry published a list of new symptoms including cough, sneezing, fatigue, and muscle aches, based on the data which has been collected by Zoe application, which is a COVID-19 epidemiological research mobile app developed in the United Kingdom.

Earlier pandemic symptoms such as fever and loss of taste and smell were mentioned at the bottom of the list as the least reported symptoms of COVID-19 currently, according to the ministry

The number of people infected with Coronavirus is increasing worldwide and in Egypt, and care must be taken to receive the vaccine and the booster doses, Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said on Saturday.

Ninty seven percent of the COVID-19 cases in Egypt are of the Omicron variant, Abdel-Ghaffar added.

Most infections in Egypt do not require isolation at hospitals and isolation period at home takes between five to seven days, he explained.

It’s too early to say that the current pandemic situation in Egypt is a new wave of COVID-19, Abdel-Ghaffar said.

He explained that anyone over the age of 65 and those who suffers from any chronic illnesses may now get their booster shots three months after receiving their third vaccine shot.

Ealier this month, Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, announced that infection rates of Covid 19 have risen recently, urging citizens to wear face masks, especially in crowded areas.

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