As long as the UK is still in the sights of the super-infectious variant of Omicron, your odds of catching it remain high.
A US doctor has revealed exactly how Omicron The covid infection can feel when you wake up in the morning.
Dr Bob Wachter revealed his 28-year-old son has been suffering from a range of unpleasant symptoms.
The dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, said his son “wake up and felt horrible.”
He experienced cold or flu-like symptoms that most people are familiar with from previous illnesses.
Dr Wachter’s son, who has not been named, has a sore throat, dry cough, muscle aches and chills – which he says are similar to vaccine side effects.
He has had two doses of the Moderna vaccine and is described as “overweight, which classifies him as moderately high-risk”.
Omicrons can still attack vaccinated people, but a series of studies showed that it caused milder symptoms than before.
The story is relevant to the millions of people who have now experienced the super-mutant coronavirus strain.
About 60% of people say they have a sore throat with Omicron, according to data collected by the ZOE Covid Symptoms study.
But most common Covid symptoms present are runny nose (73%), headache (68%), fatigue (64%) and sneezing (60%).
Professor Tim Spector, of King’s College London, said in today’s YouTube update it represented a typical “cold-like illness”.
Viewers resonated with this, with one commenting: “I’ve been positive for 10 days with symptoms for 7 days (sore throat, temperature, headache, muscle aches).
“Like a nasty cold, but not as bad as the flu.”
ZOE research has also shown that for the first time this winter, “Covid symptoms [are] are more common than colds and flu”, but are also “indistinguishable”, Prof Spector said.
An estimated 52.5% of people experiencing “cold-like” symptoms are likely to have Covid, rather than another respiratory bug.
So far, there is no indication that this is a common symptom, he said, but it has been reported globally as something to look out for.
The good news is that Omicron seems to be milder and people recover faster.
Professor Spector said: “Our first look shows that these symptoms are of shorter duration than in Delta.
“I can’t give an exact number on it right now. We’re still doing the analysis to do that, but that’s just the data.
“And so people have symptoms for a shorter period of time, especially during that first week.”
Prof Spector said this would aid in changing the period of self-isolation from seven to five days, as seen in the US.
Ministers are today meeting with experts to discuss the move, with a The decision is expected soon.
The odds of you picking it up from someone you meet remain high, given that one in 24 people with Covid has symptoms in the UK, according to the ZOE.
The study also estimated this week that 183,364 people with COvid have symptoms every day.
Prof Spector said: “ZOE data shows that Omicron waves have peaked and cases are starting to decline in most parts of the UK.
“Hospitalization, mortality, and initial data on Omicron severity also appear to be positive.
“Another reassuring sign is that elderly cases are low, helping this more vulnerable group avoid the worst of the Omicron wave.
“This may be because this group has been more careful and others are also being careful around them.
“However, we cannot rule out an increase in children, which could then affect other age groups.
“I don’t expect these rates to drop to zero because Omicron is so contagious that it will likely continue to circulate at manageable levels in the population through late spring.”
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