THERE are a number of symptoms that mean you should get yourself checked for Omicron.
The signs are wide ranging and present as more cold-like or flu, especially in the vaccinated.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
As more variants appear more possible symptoms have popped up – like muscle aches, gut problems and feeling dizzy.
Some are less common, but others are being regularly logged by people hit with the latest variant.
One expert has warned there are two signs that are likely to mean you have Omicron.
Professor Tim Spector, the lead scientist behind the Zoe Symptom Study App, said: “There has been significant increase in reports of sore throat and hoarse voice.
“So that the frequency of those is much more common than it was.
“It’s much more common now with Omicron than it was with other variants. so sore throats are a really key sign of Omciron.
“People describe it as scratchy type of sore throat and very painful – something they’ve not really found before with other colds.”
If you get a positive test from a lateral flow but with no symptoms you must isolate, and don’t have to get a follow-up PCR.
But if you are showing symptoms – such as a sore throat or hoarse voice, you need to get a PCR, regardless of the LFT results.
There are several early warning signs to watch out for that could be mistaken for a cold – these include headaches, runny noses and sneezing, among others.
Each week experts working on the study reveal the top 20 symptoms seen in Brits.
It’s especially helpful to know what symptoms they have when infected with the variant, as it helps others look for clues they too could be ill.
The NHS still lists a new persistent cough, a loss of taste and smell and a high temperature as the key signs of Covid.
But it’s important that if you think you have Covid from any known symptom you get a test and isolate for five full days and take lateral flows to be released.
It comes as official new data revealed booster jabs slash the risk of dying with Omicron by 95 per cent.
The top 20 symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Persistent cough
- Hoarse voice
- Unusual joint pains
- Chills or shivers
- Eye soreness
- Brain fog
- Unusual muscle pains
- Altered smell
- Skipped meals
- Swollen glands
- Chest pain
The UK Health Security Agency analysis looked at the impact of the third shot on mortality for over-50s.
According to the symptom study data, there are currently 159,486 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid, an increase of ten per cent on last week.
Prof Spector warned cases are set to remain high until spring, with current new daily infections hovering around 100,000 in the UK.
He added: “The bounce back in case numbers just as we lift restrictions has come sooner than many expected.
“But it’s not surprising given that, throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen the end of school holidays repeatedly usher in a rapid rise in cases among children, which then cross over into parents and school staff.
“However, the good news is that most vaccinated infections are mild, with symptoms lasting on average for a shorter time overall than Delta and with less severe cases.
“It’s clear that Covid and its new variants will continue to have an impact on our day-to-day lives for some time.
“It’s crucial that we’re responsible with our new freedoms and help to keep case numbers down and prevent the virus reaching the more vulnerable groups.”