CORONAVIRUS is continuing its deadly spread and people are on high alert for symptoms that could mean infection.
More than 472,760 people have been struck down by the illness across the world and experts are beginning to understand more about its symptoms.
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Is a sore throat a symptom of coronavirus?
A sore throat may be a warning sign of a coronavirus infection.
The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness and a dry cough.
But some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea.
What should I do if I have a sore throat and a fever or cough?
If you live alone and develop symptoms it is recommended to stay at home for seven days after symptoms began.
If you live with others, everyone in the house must stay at home and not leave for 14 days.
Studies show that people have the coronavirus without symptoms for five days on average.
What should I do if I only have a sore throat?
If you are worried about symptoms you can go through the NHS 111 online service.
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
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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 cough is also a symptom. This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
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