Saturday, January 8, 2022

New symptoms overtake cough or fever as most common signs of Covid-19


New studies have shown that the most common symptoms of Covid-19 have changed with the Omicron variant

For almost two years, the most common reported signs of Covid were a high temperature and a cough, but it now appears that different symptoms are more common following the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

According to the ZOE Covid study, 51.3 per cent of people experiencing the new cold-like symptoms are likely to have symptomatic Covid, the Mirror reports.

The symptoms include a snotty nose, a sore throat, and headaches.

Despite the huge number of cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has opted to not bring in any further restrictions to combat the spread.

It comes amid news that around 1.3 million people in the UK - one in 50 - are likely to be suffering from long Covid, the highest number since estimates began.

This includes more than half a million people who had the first strain of Covid-19, or suspected they had the virus, at least one year ago.

The figures, provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are based on-self reported long Covid from a representative sample of people in private households.

The responses were collected in the four weeks to December 6 last year - before the recent surge in Covid-19 infections due to the more viral Omicron variant.

The estimate of 1.3 million people with long Covid is up from the 1.2 million estimated at the end of October, as well as the 945,000 estimated at the start of July.

Of the 1.3 million, 892,000 people - 70 per cent - first had, or suspected they had, Covid-19 at least 12 weeks prior, while 40 per cent of the overall figure, 506,000, had the virus at least a year earlier.

Dr Claire Steves, scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app and Reader at King’s College London said:“It’s good news that the number of daily new cases has slowed for now. ZOE COVID Study data shows that this slow down is being driven by cases falling in London and in younger age groups. However, it’s worrying to see cases increasing in the over 75 age group.

"This is the group we need to protect as they are the most likely to be hospitalised as a result of a COVID infection. It’s too early to know if cases have truly peaked in London, as schools are yet to reopen after the holidays.

"We've seen school terms driving infection waves throughout the pandemic. The health and care systems are already under huge pressure, so we all need to take personal responsibility for limiting the spread of COVID.

"This could be in the form of regular testing, wearing masks, staying away from busy crowded places, meeting up outside and getting booster vaccines.”

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