Is a headache a coronavirus symptom?

CORONAVIRUS symptoms vary from case to case but generally we are being told to look out for “flu-like symptoms”.

So does that include a headache and should you be worried if you develop one?

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Is a headache a symptom of coronavirus?

Yes, however it is relatively rare.

Around one in ten people who were diagnosed with coronavirus reported that they had a headache.

It is notable that a headache is generally likely to be from stress, emotional distress, migraine or high blood pressure, anxiety or depression.

The most most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, tiredness, and a dry cough, according to the NHS.

Find more general information about your headache here.



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What should I do if I only have a headache?

If you do not have any other symptoms along with your headache then it is highly unlikely that you have coronavirus.

The NHS will not test you for coronavirus on the basis of a headache alone.

If you have abnormal headaches, or they are particularly bad, then it is still wise to seek medical advice via the NHS 111 online service.

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To protect others and yourself from coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

 Headaches affect around one in ten victims of coronavirus
Headaches affect around one in ten victims of coronavirusCredit: Alamy

What are the other symptoms of coronavirus?

A high temperature is a common symptom.

This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, you do not need to measure your temperature with a thermometer.

A new, continuous and dry cough is also one of the most common symptoms of Covid-19.

This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.

What should I do if I have a headache and other symptoms?

If you live alone and develop symptoms then it is recommended to stay at home for seven days after symptoms begin.

If you live with others, everyone in the house must stay at home and not leave for 14 days.

Studies show that it takes an average of five days for the symptoms of coronavirus to show, after someone has been infected.

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You should call 999 if the pain is accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating and feeling or being sick and lasts more than 15 minutes.


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