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

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.

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

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