Coronavirus warning: Health Secretary Matt Hancock shares unusual COVID-19 symptom

Coronavirus warning: Health Secretary Matt Hancock shares unusual COVID-19 symptom

Coronavirus usually presents itself with a fever – feeling hot to touch on the chest or back – or a new, continuous cough. But, Health Secretary Matt Hancock had a strange side effect from the virus. What was it? Returning to work in the flesh, Health Secretary Matt Hancock stood at the Downing Street press briefing on the evening of Thursday April 2. There, he spoke about the government’s five-pillar strategy to tackle the pandemic. But it was on BBC Breakfast, the following morning, when Matt Hancock revealed what it was like to have had the virus himself.

“I couldn’t eat or drink anything for a couple of days, and I had a bit of a cough, but not really a big cough.”

But he revealed the most bizarre side effect of COVID-19 was that he “lost half a stone” – that’s seven pounds.

The NHS recommends people who willingly want to lose weight to lose no more than two pounds in a week.

Hancock’s contact with the virus has led him to lose more than three times the recommended healthy allowance.


Such a side effect can be disastrous for those who are struggling to recover from the illness.

Whilst fighting the infection, Hancock disclosed that he found it “really worrying”.

“We can all see just how serious this illness is,” he explained.

Thinking of others, he began: “For some people, the people who often get into the worst of health – and those who lose their lives – it’s often because the lungs overreact to the virus.

The WHO states fever, tiredness and dry cough are the most common symptoms experienced by the public.

Other symptoms include aches and pains, diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

Additionally, some people may experience a sore throat – much like Hancock – and shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath isn’t to be ignored, do check out any symptoms using the  NHS 111 online service for medical guidance.

Published at Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:30:00 +0000