People who are most infected with the Omicron variant will experience cold-like symptoms, but for a small number of people, it can be more severe.
The virus can affect people differently, and those most at risk are those with underlying health conditions and those who have not been vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US have outlined 5 symptoms of coronavirus that mean you need urgent medical help.
Studies have shown that people infected with Omicron are less likely to get severe illness from the virus.
A series of extremely positive studies show that Omicron IS is milder than other Covid strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
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But if you’re unvaccinated, you’re elderly, or your immune system is compromised, you’re more at risk of developing serious Covid-19 disease.
The CDC says you must seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Pale, gray, or blue skin, lips or nails, depending on skin tone
- Inability to wake up (try to get up) or stay awake
But experts say this list is by no means definitive and you should seek medical attention if any other symptoms concern you.
Most people who contract Covid will be able to self-treat at home.
If you have Covid, you need to isolate yourself from others to prevent the virus from spreading.
The NHS still lists a new persistent cough, high temperature and lack of sense of smell and smell as key signs.
But those who come to Omicron say they mostly suffer from symptoms such as sore throats, runny noses and sneezing.
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Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London and head of the ZOE Symptom Tracker app says that if you have cold-like symptoms, you are more likely to contract Covid.
Professor Spector explained: “More than 50% of people with cold-like symptoms have been demonstrated by Covid PCR.”
The NHS says you should call 111 or seek medical attention if you gradually feel unwell or have difficulty breathing.
This means you need someone to help you breathe, such as more oxygen.
The NHS also says you should seek medical attention if you have trouble breathing when standing up or moving around and if you feel very weak, sore, or tired.
It says that if you still feel unwell for four weeks after contracting Covid for the first time then you may be suffering from Covid long term.
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