The most common omicron symptoms have changed as cases surge in the new summer wave

THE most common omicron symptoms experienced by Brits have changed – as cases continue to rise as we move towards the peak of summer.

Most people who get this milder variant of Covid experience cold and flu-like symptoms.

People who come down with Omicron now have different symptoms, experts have claimed


People who come down with Omicron now have different symptoms, experts have claimedPhoto credit: Getty

But experts have now found that the majority of Britons experience headaches, sore throats and a runny nose.

The experts said some even experienced headaches from the trouble breathing – which can be common with respiratory illnesses.

Around 64 percent of people suffer from headaches, 66 percent also from a cold and 65 percent from a sore throat.

Previously, the majority of people who contracted the virus had some type of cough, but now only 63 percent have it.

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The NHS had told Brits to keep an eye out for a fever, but now just 31 per cent are reporting the sign.

An altered odor was present in 21 percent of patients, and only 15 percent were troubled by chest pain.

Last week it was reported that cases of Covid have risen by a third in a week, with one in 30 Britons now infected.

Prof Tim Spector of King’s College London and the app Zoe Symptom Tracker warned Brits that hay fever is circling and be wary of confusing it with symptoms.

A total of 2.3 million people across the UK tested positive last week, compared with 1.7 million a week earlier.

New strains of the Omicron variant are pushing numbers back to record highs and causing a spike in hospital admissions.

Prof Spector said this was fueled by the BA5 variant, which has superseded BA2 and is “finding a way to bypass our immunity”.

However, he explained that it won’t hit people as badly if they’ve had their vaccinations or if they’ve had Covid before.

“What’s really important is that because of the number of cases, more people are going to the hospital.

“Although this variant is milder than we have seen so far.”

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Data from the Zoe Symptom Tracker app has revealed the most common symptoms Brits are currently experiencing.

  1. Runny nose
  2. Sore throat
  3. headache
  4. Persistent cough
  5. fatigue
  6. Sneeze
  7. Hoarse voice
  8. Unusual joint pain
  9. Fever
  10. chills or chills

His comments come after Dame Jenny Harries urged people to “live their normal lives” but “as a precaution”.

The chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency told the BBC’s Sunday morning programme: “It doesn’t look like this wave is over yet, so we expect hospital cases to increase.

“And it’s possible, very likely, that they will actually peak above the previous BA.2 wave.

“But I don’t think we will know the overall effect. In hindsight, it’s easy to say, it’s not that easy to model forward.”

In the first Omicron wave – caused by the BA.1 strain – from December 2021, hospitalizations reached up to 2,000 per day.

After a slump in case load thanks to booster jabs came the BA.2 wave in the spring, which led to highs of 2,300 a day in April.

Currently, 1,300 people are admitted daily in the UK.

Most people hospitalized with Covid in a day were nearly 4,000 in January 2021 when the Alpha (Kent) variant prevailed.

Dame Harries said the majority of cases in the UK are now BA.4 and BA.5.

The latter “is really pushing and driving this current wave forward,” she added. The most common omicron symptoms have changed as cases surge in the new summer wave

Sarah Y. Kim

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