According to research, hiccups are a sign of new COVID-19 strain spreading rapidly in the UK.
The new variant believed to be more transmissible, particularly among children, does not cause more severe illness.
The new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 first emerged in the southeast of England, and a report published by scientists at Imperial College London found it was already spreading rapidly during the nation’s second lockdown in November. Unlike the first strain, the new virus has shown increased infectiousness across all age groups.
According to Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, symptoms of the new strain are not any different to the strain already circulating.
The NHS lists the three main coronavirus symptoms as high temperature, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
But multiple case studies have suggested persistent hiccups may be a potentially rare and unusual manifestation of COVID-19.