What is a ‘persistent cough’ and what should I do if I have it?

Continuous cough is one of three main Covid-19 symptoms people are told to look out for

With the onset of autumn , one phrase is on many people’s lips: persistent cough. But how many of us really know what it means, or what differentiates it from the barks and tickles caused by less dangerous autumnal illnesses?

A new and continuous cough is one of three symptoms of Covid-19 we are told to look out for. The others are a high temperature, and a loss or change of taste and smell. The NHS website defines a persistent cough as “coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours”.

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