New Covid Symptom Added

The gov has tonight added shortness of breath to the list of symptoms for Covid-19 and released the details of new locations that pose a low risk of the virus.

Shortness of breath was added today by the DHSC’s Clinical Advisory Group in line with European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) guidance which was recently updated.

Henrietta Ewart, Director of Public Health, said: ‘We are continuously learning about Covid-19 and monitoring the symptoms that those who have the virus present with, both globally and here in the Isle of Man. The ECDC is a leading body in infectious diseases, and we have updated our screening questions to include shortness of breath as a primary sign of Covid-19 in line with their guidance.’


Following a recent positive case of Covid-19, three locations have been identified which could pose a low risk of contracting the virus for people who visited at specific times.

Wednesday 6 January 2021

Karsons Pharmacy, Main Road, Onchan between 9am and 9.30am

B&Q, Cooil Road, Braddan between 10.30am and 11am

Shoprite, Victoria Road, Douglas between 11.30am and 12pm

 Sunday 10 January 2021

Shoprite, Victoria Road, Douglas between 12.30pm and 1pm

If anyone who has visited or was working in these locations during the relevant time period goes on to develop symptoms of COVID-19, they are encouraged to self-isolate and contact the COVID-111 service immediately. The service is open from 8am to 8pm each day.


The symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • A temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)

  • OR, a new and persistent cough – 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, it may be worse than usual)

  • OR, anosmia – this is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell, which can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked

  • OR, shortness of breath