Some of the very first symptoms of the Omicron variant are so subtle you might not realise straight away that is a sign you could be infected with Covid-19.
So far, people have only ever been told to look out for one of three symptoms to determine if they have Covid-19, including the Delta variant.
Yorkshire Live reports that these symptoms are a new, continuous cough; a high temperature; and a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.
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But experts have recently revealed that the fast spreading Omicron variant has new symptoms to look out – more often associated with the common cold.
Record-numbers of the new variant have been reported across the country daily, with over 91,000 confirmed yesterday alone in the UK.
The latest symptoms are different to those of other Covid variants, experts say, with 89 percent of those infected with Omicron suffering these effects.
According to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 89 percent of people infected with the variant share the same “initial” sign of infection.
Scientists have reported that those who have tested positive with the variant have a dry cough and a “scratchy throat”, while some of the other early symptoms include include fatigue, congestion or a runny nose.
The most common symptoms of Covid are a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss/change in sense of taste or smell, according to the NHS.
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However, scientists believe that symptoms of Omicron are different to other variants.
South African doctor Angelique Coetzee, who first raised the alarm on Omicron, revealed previously that some patients – especially those who are unvaccinated – show some intense symptoms including headache and sore muscles (myalgia).
Whilst current symptoms of the variant appear mild so far, there are fears that it is more transmissible as well as concerns about whether it can evade immunity from vaccines or previous infection.
If you believe you have Covid, whether that’s Omicron or some other variant, get a test and then self-isolate for at least 10 days if it’s positive.
According to Gov.uk guidance, the first thing to do if you find yourself having Covid symptoms is stay at home. The website states: “You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, you must continue to self-isolate.”
For lateral flow tests, you can either choose to have them delivered at home or collected from a pharmacy.
Lateral flow tests can also be found at community sites and some schools and colleges, especially now with the NHS online service to get these tests being suspended due to “exceptionally high demand”. You can get PCR tests booked through the NHS.
If you’re fully vaccinated and have been exposed to the virus, you’re advised to take daily lateral flow tests for seven days even if you show no symptoms.
Those who are unvaccinated are not eligible for the daily test and should instead self-isolate for 10 days if they’ve come into contact with anyone who has tested positive.
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