OMICRON is still spreading across the country, with thousands of people being attacked every day.
While this is a much milder disease – especially once vaccinated – here are some symptoms to watch out for.
Experts around the globe have highlighted at least 8 early warning signs of Omicron that you shouldn’t ignore.
If you have any Covid symptoms, you should go for a PCR test and self-isolate until the results are available.
New regulations have been put in place, so people in the UK must now isolate for 5 days from their positive side stream or from when their symptoms started.
If you do not have symptoms and the result is positive for lateral flow, you do not need a follow-up PCR test.
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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These are common early warning signs of Omicron:
- Throat is scratched
- Lower back pain
- Runny / stuffy nose
- Night sweats
- Body aches
Doctors in South Africa report for the first time that an itchy throat, congestion, dry cough and low back pain have appeared in Omicron patients.
Ryan Noach – chief executive officer of Discovery Health, the country’s largest private health insurer – made the comment after analyzing about 78,000 Omicron cases.
But now that this variant has spread around the world over the past month, many other experts agree that sore or itchy throat is a common early symptom.
Unben Pillay, a family doctor practicing outside Johannesburg, also said that when Omicron showed up, “we were seeing patients presenting with a dry cough, fever, night sweats and severe upper body pain. body”.
Dr Amir Khan, a British general practitioner, also describes “night sweats”, the kind “you may have to get up and change clothes”.
ZOE Covid Research, which tracks the outbreak with the help of millions of app users, conducted an initial analysis of symptom data from positive cases in London.
London was chosen due to the higher prevalence of Omicron compared to other regions.
It said the top five symptoms reported were runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and sore throat.
The CDC – the agency that provides information to Americans – also found similar symptoms in a group of Omicron patients.
In another report, it said the most commonly reported symptoms of Omicron were cough, fatigue and congestion.
Some of the better known older symptoms don’t seem to manifest much with variation.
For example, loss of smell and taste is less commonly reported in association with Omicron, some say they do not think it is a typical symptom. Fever is also less common, but is still a symptom.
Professor Tim Spector, who led the ZOE study, said: “It is hoped that people will now recognize the cold-like symptoms that seem to be the dominant feature of Omicron.”
The King’s College London epidemiologist has been calling on the NHS to change their official symptom list for months.
He tweeted that 50% of current Covid cases lack the traditional three symptoms of cough, fever and loss of smell/taste.
What else to look for?
The pandemic has shown that viruses can affect people in dozens of ways.
Diarrhea, confusion, loss of appetite, muscle and joint pain, rash and irritated eyes are just some of the other symptoms reported from studies and the World Health Organization.
Some experts say if you don’t feel well, regardless of your symptoms, you should get checked out.
The NHS says if you develop a cough, fever or loss of smell and/or taste you should get tested right away.
These tests can be delivered to your home for free or picked up in pharmacies, some schools, and workplaces.
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