Almost 30% of Covid sufferers report the same eating symptom after three vaccine doses

There is a wide range of symptoms that can come with catching . Many of us are aware of the common side effects, such as a cough and fatigue. However, the disease can have far-reaching effects that you might not expect.

According to the , which logs patients’ symptoms, loss of appetite is an “early” sign of Covid.

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It is currently experienced by up to 27 percent of people with the Delta or variant who have had three Covid .

This is a reduction compared to earlier on in the pandemic when three in 10 adults with Covid reported experiencing a loss of appetite – four in ten people among the over 65s.

Data collated by ZOE also showed that people with more severe COVID-19 often suffered loss of appetite alongside confusion, or clustered with shortness of breath, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.



A loss of appetite could signal Covid (Image: Getty Images)

They were also more likely to end up in hospital.

No appetite “always” a sign of ill health

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The study explains: “Skipping meals as a symptom of Covid was first spotted in care homes.

“Carers noticed their residents were off their food and they also often lost their appetites during their illness.

“A loss of appetite is a normal part of being unwell and can be caused by feeling too sick or tired to make or eat a meal.


“Having no appetite is always a sign of ill-health and should be looked out for in older relatives or people you are caring for.

“Losing your appetite is an early sign of Covid but it usually comes back after a few days.

“Early in the pandemic we found that there was a distinct cluster of gastrointestinal Covid symptoms, including headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, sore throat, chest pain, no cough.”

What should I do if I have no appetite?

If you are experiencing a loss of appetite among other Covid symptoms you could have the disease.



A headache is a common symptom of Covid (Image: Getty Images)

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“It’s not necessary to force yourself to eat if you don’t feel like it but it’s very important to keep drinking liquids to help replace the water lost as your body fights off the infection,” the ZOE Study advises.

“Whether you have Covid or any other bug, please be considerate by staying home when you’re ill and wearing a high quality FFP2 or FFP3 mask when you go out, to avoid spreading your germs to others who may be more vulnerable.”

Other symptoms

The number of vaccines you have had can determine which symptoms you are most likely to experience.

According to ZOE, among the double vaccinated the top five symptoms currently are:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked nose
  • Persistent cough
  • Headache.

Covid symptoms

Covid symptoms compared to colds and flu (Image:

Among people who have had one jab these are:

  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Persistent cough.

And among the unvaccinated these are:

  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Persistent cough.

Other symptoms listed by the NHS include:

  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • An aching body
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick or being sick.

There is currently a second booster vaccine available to certain people including frontline healthcare workers, people over the age of 50, care home residents and those considered at risk.

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