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Eight symptoms of Omicron variant

Borris Johnson

This is the fastest-spreading coronavirus strain, with symptoms that can be quite unlike the cough, fever, and loss of sense of smell reported during the first three waves

According to Boris Johnson; “no question Omicron continues to surge through the country”.

A sore throat and muscle aches are the most common early signs of Omicron

According to Daily Star, the doctor explains what faint lines on Covid tests mean and what to do next

The NHS is on a war footing and staff are taking the fight to Omicron, boosting hundreds of thousands of people every day, but experts fear this week could bring a shocking new rise in infections

Omicron infected person will hear their first symptom before feeling it, experts say.

And while the variant seems to be less deadly than the feared Delta variant, its ability to spread so efficiently means it still has the potential to overwhelm the NHS and cause mass fatalities.

The symptoms of Omicron seem to be milder on the whole than other strains of coronavirus, particularly for those who have been vaccinated.

Many of Omicron’s symptoms are more like a seasonal cold or flu

The eight early warning signs of Omicron according to data from the UK, US and South Africa are:

  1. Scratchy throat
  2. Lower back pain
  3. Runny nose/congestion
  4. Headache
  5. Fatigue
  6. Sneezing
  7. Night sweats
  8. Body aches.

At the first sign of any of the symptoms it’s a good idea to self-isolate and get a test

These symptoms may appear as early as two days after being exposed to someone who has Omicron.

However, symptoms can take longer to appear, even up to 14 days after exposure, which is why if you think you may have been exposed to the virus, you should either continue to test regularly (every day) or self-isolate for 10 days.

Ryan Roach, CEO of South African health insurer Discovery Health, commented anecdotal evidence suggests Omicron symptoms seem to come on within three days.

People with a mild case of Covid are usually unwell for about a fortnight, and of course, have to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive.

You should test regularly for several days after any potential exposure.