Covid symptoms generally include a fever, a new, continuous cough, and a gradual loss of smell or taste. But some coronavirus patients have also reported a number of other symptoms that you may be missing. Could back pain be a sign of Covid?
Covid has killed more than 140,000 people in the UK since the start of the pandemic.
The government has ordered three national lockdowns over the past 12 months, as health officials try to reduce the number of new, daily infections.
Anyone that develops the key signs of coronavirus should get tested straight away.
But some people that have been infected with Covid have also reported developing unusual back pain.
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Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Marcus Duda said: “COVID-19, like other viruses, will cause systemic symptoms.
He told medical website Prevention: “Similar to having the flu, COVID-19 may cause generalised achiness throughout the body.
“The joint pain in the back and legs is due to the body’s inflammatory response to the virus.
“These viral infections cause shaking, chills, body aches, and difficult mobility.”
But just because you develop back pain, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have coronavirus.
Back pain is incredibly common, and it usually improves by itself within a few days or weeks.
Anti-inflammatory painkillers – including paracetamol and ibuprofen – may help to relieve some of the pain.
If your back pain is accompanied by a high fever, a new cough, or a loss of smell or taste, you should get tested for Covid.