THE 20 most common Omicron symptoms have been revealed – as a major Covid study logs the signs to look out for.
The most reported symptoms of the mutant variant come from Brits who have been struck with the bug.
Around 20 symptoms are being reported by people who catch OmicronCredit: Getty – Contributor
They logged what they were experiencing on the ZOE Covid Study – with the top five remaining as runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat.
But other symptoms in the top 20 includes hoarse voice, chills or shivers, brain fog, feeling dizzy, skipped meals and feeling down.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits’ arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.
Dr Claire Steves, a reader at King’s College London working with ZOE, implored Brits to make sure they get a booster.
She explained their data found almost 50 per cent of the new daily cases were in people who only had two jabs.
The expert urged caution over the next few weeks, warning the NHS is “already under immense pressure” with the rest of the month set to be a “trial”.
A number of trusts have declared “critical incidents” amid staff shortages and beds filling up.
Dr Steves said while case numbers are starting to slow in positive signs, the return of kids to schools could see it rise again.
But if everyone eligible has their boosters, wears masks, takes tests and notes any new symptoms it will be a huge help to stem the spread, she added.
The expert said anyone who has a cold should avoid going out to be safe, saying: “If you’re feeling at all under the weather please get a test and make sure you are clear of Covid.”
New data from London showed a drop in cases, after the Omicron outbreak exploded in the capital before Christmas.
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Top 20 Omicron symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Persistent cough
- Hoarse voice
- Chills or shivers
- Brain fog
- Altered smell
- Eye soreness
- Unusual muscle pains
- Skipped meals
- Loss of smell
- Chest pain
- Swollen glands
- Feeling down
Dr Steves said: “We can see that cases have really been coming down in the past week despite New Year celebrations, and now hospitalisation rates look like they might be stabilising, for now at least.
“That probably means that in people’s new year celebrations, that they were sensible.
“London seems to be reflecting the South Africa data, going up steeply and dropping sharply.”
It comes after medics from South Africa, where Omicron first took hold, said the country is now in a “good place”.
The wave there has fallen around six weeks after the first cases were reported, before half the nation was infected.
Professor Shabir Madhi, a vaccine expert said Omicron variant was “very much subsiding”, adding: “‘I think we are in a good place in South Africa and I think we’ve reached the turning point in this pandemic.”