BRITS has become quite obsessed with the symptoms of Omicron – watch carefully to see if they develop.
They are largely milder than traditional Covid symptoms and present either like a cold or like the flu.
Experts around the globe have highlighted at least 8 early warning signs of Omicron that you should never ignore.
These manifestations are thought to tend to appear rapidly and fairly early in illness, from about two days after exposure.
They seem to last about five days, but can of course go faster and some can last.
If you have any Covid symptoms, you should go for a PCR test and self-isolate until the results are available.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
The infection rate is high – with daily cases breaking records – so if you’re not feeling well, chances are it’s Covid.
Over the past four days, between 75,000 and 96,000 new cases of Covid have been diagnosed each day.
While estimates say that 67% of these are Omicrons, only about 37,000 confirmed through genetic testing.
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According to reports from cases in the UK, South Africa and the US, here are the common early warning signs of Omicron:
- Throat is scratched
- Lower back pain
- Runny / stuffy nose
- Night sweats
- Body aches
Doctors in South Africa report for the first time an itchy throat, congestion, dry cough and low back pain in Omicron patients.
Ryan Noach – CEO of Discovery Health, the country’s largest private health insurer – made a comment after analyzing about 78,000 Omicron cases.
Unben Pillay, a family doctor practicing in suburban Johannesburg, said that when it was still early days, “we saw patients presenting with a dry cough, fever, night sweats and severe muscle pain. body”.
Dr Amir Khan, a British general practitioner, described “night sweats, like “you may have to get up and change your clothes”.
ZOE Covid Research, which tracks the outbreak with the help of millions of app users, conducted an initial analysis of symptom data from positive cases in London.
London was chosen due to its higher prevalence of Omicron compared to other regions.
The analysis found no clear difference in initial symptoms (three days after examination) between Delta and Omicron.
It said the top five symptoms reported were runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and sore throat.
The CDC – the agency that provides information to Americans – also found similar symptoms in a group of Omicron patients.
In a new report, it said the most commonly reported symptoms of Omicron were cough, fatigue and congestion.
Some of the older symptoms that are better known don’t seem to show up much in the reports.
For example, loss of smell and taste is rarely reported by doctors in association with Omicron, with some saying they don’t think it’s a typical symptom. Fever is also less common.
Professor Tim Spector, who led the ZOE study, said: “Hopefully people now realize cold-like symptoms seems to be the main feature of Omicron. “
The epidemiologist from King’s College London has been calling on the NHS to change its symptom list for months.
He tweeted that 50% of current Covid cases lack the traditional three symptoms of cough, fever and loss of smell/taste.
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