THE outbreak of coronavirus has seen more than 800,000 people infected across 200 countries around the globe.
With cases still on the rise in several countries, it is important to be aware of the symptoms.
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Is an earache a symptom of coronavirus?
Although earache and ear pain can be uncomfortable and painful in both children and adults, it doesn’t usually mean it is a sign of any serious illness.
A high temperature is a symptom of the virus, along with a dry persistent cough.
Earaches can be brought on by a number of factors.
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With children, it can be caused by teething or dental issues.
For both adults and children, tonsillitis, a cold, sore throat and an ear infection can be causes of an earache.
As some coronavirus patients have reported sore throats, it is important to know the other symptoms of Covid-19.
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What should I do if I have an earache and a fever or cough?
If you have an earache together with either a cough or fever, it is important to self isolate and monitor to see if you show signs of any other symptoms.
It is advised that you stay home for a period of seven days from when your symptoms begun.
If you live with others, it is essential you self-isolate in a room away from others and for all other residents of the house to stay home for 14 days.
What should I do if I only have an earache?
The NHS recommends using painkillers to ease pain caused by earaches.
Paracetamol or ibuprofen is ideal but children under the age of 16 cannot use aspirin.
You can also place a cold or warm flannel on the ear to help soothe the pain.
You must not put anything in your ears such as earbuds, and must not allow water to get inside the ear.
What are the other symptoms of coronavirus?
Common reported symptoms of the virus includes a high temperature.
If you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, you may have to take the necessary prescribed precautions.
A new dry persistent cough is also one of the most obvious symptoms of coronavirus.
The NHS says: “This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.”
If you usually have a cough, note that this may be worse than usual.
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