The Omicron variant is raging again, this time in China, where new lockdown measures are set to be introduced to combat the strain, which has nine main symptoms to watch out for
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A new Covid outbreak sweeping China is believed to be the dreaded Omicron variant that ruined the Christmas and New Year celebrations of millions of Britons last year.
First detected in South Africa in November 2021, it quickly spread around the world and became the dominant strain of infection.
In Shanghai, there are fears a new round of Covid outbreaks could be Omicron – one of the most easily transmitted variants of the coronavirus – with strict lockdown measures put in place to combat it.
Unlike the rest of the world, which has had to fight this without knowing the early warning signs, China needs to examine thousands of cases to determine a course of action.
Nine associated common symptoms were previously identified for those who received the vaccine, with two other crucial early warning signs of infection.
What are the nine symptoms?
Scientists from Norway last year completed a study of guests at a party in November 2021 where Covid raged.
Of those who took part in the project, 89% had already received their vaccination. Of the 111 respondents, 66 had Covid, while there were a further 15 potential cases.
Thanks to the study, scientists identified the eight main symptoms:
- Persistent cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
Experts added later nausea to the list of symptoms to look out for.
Vaccination also makes it more likely that symptoms will be mild, so it can be difficult to distinguish between the coronavirus and a common cold.
What are omicron’s two early warning signs?
The two symptoms that could be an early warning sign of Omicron are:
An interactive map has been released showing the Covid red zones, where cases are rising in the UK amid a new wave of the virus.
Cases rose 43% in England last week with the new surge expected to last until late summer or early fall.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) weekly survey suggests so 1.4 million people were infected on any one day in the seven days ended June 10.
That’s one in 50 – the biggest weekly increase since late December last year omicron devastated the New Year’s celebrations.
Wales and Northern Ireland had one in 45 and Scotland in 30 over the same period.
The resurgence appears to be driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which are believed to be more easily transmissible than BA.2, the current dominant strain in the UK.
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