The most common symptom that people with omicron have now revealed

THE most common sign you have Omicron right now has been revealed.

That means if you’ve noticed that you’re suddenly having these particular symptoms – and you don’t have hay fever – it’s likely that you’re infected.

People with a current cold are more likely to have omicron


People with a current cold are more likely to have omicronPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor
The top 20 current Covid symptoms revealed


The top 20 current Covid symptoms revealed

Professor Tim Spector, behind the ZOE Symptom Study app – where Brits log how they’re feeling – shared the latest top 20 symptoms in the UK.

These include sneezing, headaches, muscle aches, eye pain, and interrupted meals.

But he said the majority of people who are currently uncomfortable with the bug are reporting it a runny nosewhich makes it the top symptom.

He said: “The runny nose seems to be creeping up. Every time I look it’s higher.

“83 percent of people with Covid currently have a runny nose.”

Omicron is a milder strain and therefore causes milder symptoms in the majority of patients, particularly those who have been vaccinated.

Most people will recover from this at home and rest for a few days with flu or cold-like symptoms.

Some may only have one or two symptoms, but most people seem to have a runny nose.

Hay fever season has started and Brits faced a pollen bomb last week.

This means it’s even harder to know if your runny nose is hay fever or Covid, especially now that free testing has been cancelled.

But according to the latest ZOE figures – if you have a runny nose, it’s quite likely that you have Omicron.

Covid is still very widespread in the UK but cases have fallen from the huge peaks a few weeks ago when BA.2 – a subvariant of Omicron – defeated thousands of Britons.

Prof Spector warned that while cases are still high, patients at the hospital look like they are no longer rising.

Infections rose to record highs in recent weeks, with one in 12 people in England battling the bug in March.

In the latest data, the Office for National Statistics said about one in 14 in the country is now infected.

Prof Spector said: “The case numbers continue to fall and the rate is slightly faster than last week.”


dr Mary Ramsay, Director of Public Health Programs at the UK Health Security Agency, added: “It is encouraging that the number of hospital admissions appears to have decreased this week and we will continue to monitor this closely in the coming weeks.

“If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a high temperature, try to stay at home or away from other people – especially the elderly or those who are vulnerable.

“Vaccination remains essential for all eligible individuals. So if you are not up to date please make sure you get your latest vaccination.”

Vaccines are the best line of defense, health bosses say, with a new study showing symptoms last on average half as long as a cold with triple injections.

Spring Boosters are distributed to specific groups in society to keep their immunity high.

Free testing has now ended for the majority of people in England and Britons are being asked to take responsibility for any illness that arises.

Only vulnerable people, including those in high-risk jobs and with health conditions, are eligible to collect swabs for free.


Everyone else in England now have to pay around £1 for a single swab or ten for a pack to check if they have the virus.

The Covid isolation rules have also changed. Confirmed cases are advised to stay home for five days when they are most contagious.

Children and young people who are sick and have a fever should stay at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.

They can go back to school, college, or childcare if they don’t have a fever and are well enough.

Anyone with suspected or confirmed Covid or symptoms of respiratory infection – coughing, sneezing, stuffy/runny nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fever, general malaise – should stay at home.

From today, under new government guidelines, they should try to avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough and don’t have a high temperature.

Anyone who has tested positive for Covid is now advised to stay at home for five days and avoid human contact.

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Those who must leave home are being told to avoid close contact with vulnerable people, wear a face mask and avoid crowded spaces such as rush-hour trains.

It’s still important to let fresh air in indoors, wear face coverings in crowded or enclosed spaces, and wash your hands regardless of symptoms.

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