Experts are calling on people to do a throat swab, even if they are doing a ‘nose only’ lateral flow test.
At the moment people travelling to see family and friends for the holidays are relying on lateral flow tests to identify if they have Covid to try and prevent them from spreading the disease to their families.
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However, some experts have expressed real concerns about how we are currently managing the virus.
WalesOnline reported on how those tracking the most common symptoms believe that the omicron variant is more likely to produce the symptoms of a cold early on as opposed to a fever and loss of taste and smell.
There are also concerns about how people are using lateral flow tests.
Professor Jennifer Rhon, cell biologist at UCL, posted a picture of a positive lateral flow test on Twitter saying: “Well, there it is. Today, with the “wrong” (i.e. cold) symptoms and after a string of negative LFTs, I finally took Twitter advice and swabbed my throat as well as my nose (no mean feat with that diddly stick). If you think you might have Covid, consider adding the throat sample.”
The reason adding a throat swab is important was explained by Dr Michael Mina who was an assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard. He said: “Symptoms are starting very early with omicron. This means that there is a chance the virus isn’t yet growing in the nose when you first test [as the] virus may start further down. Throat swab + nasal may improve chances a swab picks up virus.”
Speaking previously on Radio 4, Professor Tim Spector who helped found the Covid Zoe app said the “majority of symptoms” of the Omicron variant are like a common cold, including headaches, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and sneezing.
The latest data released by Public Health England shows that 3,058 people across Lancashire tested positive for the virus, this is a rise from the 2,581 confirmed cases on Christmas Eve.
No data for each individual area was published on December 25 and 26, however, across England on Christmas Day 113,628 tested positive, the following day 103,558 tested positive.
Across England in the last 24 hours, 98,515 new cases were recorded.
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