Omicron symptoms: Five signs ‘specific to Omicron’ – and how it’s different to other Covid

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Omicron has continued to sweep across the UK, with another 1,576 cases reported on Monday (December 13). It’s essential that everyone gets tested for Covid if they develop any of the key warning signs – but Omicron symptoms might appear to be slightly different from previous variants.

Almost 5,000 cases of Omicron have been reported in the UK since its emergence last month.

It was initially sequenced in Botswana, and then South Africa at the end of November, before cropping up all over the world.

It’s still not entirely clear whether two Covid vaccines will be enough to protect against the most severe symptoms of Omicron.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently confirmed the person has died from Omicron in the UK.

READ MORE: South Africa still declares no deaths from the new variant

Dr Bartlett told Express.co.uk: “Symptoms of Omicron may initially seem more mild compared to infection from the Delta variant.

“The Omicron variant of COVID-19 may very well cause the well-known usual symptoms, such as stuffy runny nose, fever, persistent cough (cough for more than half a day) sore head and throat, and loss of sense of taste and smell.

“Symptoms which may be more specific to omicron include a scratchy throat as opposed to a sore throat, a dry persistent cough, extreme tiredness and fatigue, muscle aches and pains, and night sweats.

“These may be the first and only symptoms of the Omicron variant. It can be difficult to distinguish between COVID-19 and the common cold without PCR testing.”

Published at Tue, 14 Dec 2021 18:21:00 +0000

Omicron symptoms: Five signs ‘specific to Omicron’ – and how it’s different to other Covid