Covid has killed more than 115,000 people in the UK since the start of the pandemic. If you develop any of the key signs of coronavirus, you should get a test straight away. But there are some common signs that might be easily confused for dementia, a pharmacist has warned.
The UK is in the middle of a third national lockdown, after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases before Christmas.
The vaccine rollout has been largely successful, with millions of people already receiving their first dose of the Covid jab.
But public health experts are still urging the public to remain vigilant, and to get tested if they develop any of the three key symptoms of coronavirus.
Some Covid signs may also be easily confused with dementia, a pharmacist has warned.
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Neurological symptoms have been linked to the coronavirus, explained Medicine Direct’s Superintendent Pharmacist, Hussain Abdeh.
Confusion, dizziness, persistent headaches, or a loss of memory could all be caused by the infection, he said.
If you develop any of these symptoms, you should consider self-isolating.
But if you notice that you, or someone you know, has neurological symptoms for a longer period, you should speak to a doctor about dementia.
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“Aside from the more publicised symptoms of COVID-19, such as a dry cough and a fever, neurological issues are also a symptom of the virus,” Abdeh told Express Health.
“Symptoms such as confusion or dizziness should not be rejected out of hand as COVID-19 symptoms.
“The danger of neurological symptoms such as these is that they are frequently mistaken for signs of dementia or other common conditions, particularly in people over the age of 60.
“If you notice that you or anyone close to you is suffering from the likes of recurring headaches, loss of memory or dizzy spells, it is advisable to seek medical attention.”
But just because you develop memory loss or dizziness, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have coronavirus.
Dementia affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK every year, and it’s not a normal part of ageing.
It’s the name given to a group of symptoms that lead to an ongoing decline of brain function.
While there’s no cure for dementia, early treatment can help to slow down its progression, which is why it’s absolutely essential that you speak to a doctor if you’re worried about dementia.
In the UK, you should get tested for coronavirus if you develop a high fever, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of smell or taste.
These are the three most important symptoms of Covid, according to the NHS.
Most patients will likely have at least one of these common signs of infection.
But some patients have also reported persistent fatigue, unusual skin rashes, and even swollen toes.