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New Omicron symptoms replace cough and loss of senses as most common sign of coronavirus

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The Omicron variant of coronavirus continues to spread in our towns and cities across the UK.

With a new strain emerging and new symptoms to watch out for, it can be confusing whether your cold symptoms might just be that or covid.

The NHS lists the three main symptoms of Covid-19 as a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change in your sense of smell and taste.

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However, the scientists behind the ZOE covid symptom app say many people who test positive for Omicron register symptoms more closely associated with the common cold, Liverpool Echo reports.

For analysis, the scientists took the health reports of contributors reporting positive cases in the ZOE COVID Study app in December 2021 when Omicron became dominant and compared them to data from early October when Delta was the dominant variant.



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Dr. Claire Steves said the top five symptoms of both periods were:

  1. Runny nose
  2. Headache
  3. Tired
  4. To sneeze
  5. Sore throat

This analysis found no clear difference in the symptom profile of Delta and Omicron, with only 50% of people experiencing the three classic symptoms of fever, cough or loss of smell or taste.

Typical symptoms of a cough, loss of taste and smell and fever, were lower on the list, Liverpool Echo reports.

Other symptoms in order included:

  • Persistent cough
  • Hoarsely
  • Other
  • Thrill
  • Fever
  • vertiginous
  • brain fog
  • Altered odor
  • eye pain
  • Unusual muscle pain
  • Skipped meals
  • Loss of smell
  • chest pain
  • Swollen glands
  • Feel bad

Loss of smell and taste becomes much less common. It was in the top 10 symptoms earlier in 2021, and now it ranks 17th, with only one in five people having it.

Dr Steves said cold-like symptoms remain the main symptoms in people with covid and that classic symptoms such as a cough are “much less common”.

She added: “Most of the symptoms reported are very much like a cold, especially in vaccinated people.

“If you feel bad at all, be sure to get tested.”

If the symptoms are mild, why should I worry about Omicron?

Omicron can still be hospitalized and cause serious illness and can spread much faster, scientists say, while also having adverse effects on the economy due to the high number of people having to self-isolate.

According to ZOE’s research, the results show exactly what you can do to boost your immune system – like eating healthy – and to protect yourself against coronavirus and other harmful invaders.

In detail, the study found that people who ate a high-quality diet rich in plant-based foods were 10% less likely to contract Covid-19 and 40% less likely to contract a serious illness requiring medical treatment. hospital treatment.

Additionally, being fully vaccinated has proven to be the best way to protect people from serious illness and hospitalization, as well as wearing masks in crowded places.

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