Omicron symptoms to look out for and when they'll strike

by 24britishtvJan. 13, 2022, 7 p.m. 14
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With Omicron cases soaring in parts of the UK people are being warned about the symptoms to look out for.

The three main symptoms of Covid-19 include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell and taste.

However, people with Omicron have reported different symptoms to earlier variants with people logging on to the ZOE Covid symptom app claiming symptoms are more closely associated with the common cold.

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It comes as the UK recorded 129,587 more Covid cases on Wednesday, the Liverpool Echo reports.

According to Tim Spector, the lead of the Zoe covid symptoms study, the top five symptoms being reported include a headache, sore or scratchy throat, and a runny nose.

However, patients testing positive for the Omicron variant have also been reporting unusual symptoms such as a rash.

A rash on its own does not mean you have the virus, but scientists claim it could be an indicator you are infected with coronavirus - as Mirror Online reports.

There are two types of rash being logged, including a prickly heat and a hives rash.

A prickly heat rash can develop anywhere on the body, but is believed to have been most commonly found on the hands and feet, as well as elbows. This type of rash appears in small areas and is itchy and bumpy.

A hives rash appears as raised bumps on the skin and tends to come and go much quicker than prickly heat.

People who have tested positive for Omicron have also reported a new symptom that can disrupt people while they sleep.

Night sweats have already been listed as a common symptom of the variant, and a new study found a marked rise in sleep disturbances among coronavirus patients, according to Glasgow Live.

The NHS website describes sleep paralysis as "when you cannot move or speak as you are waking up or falling asleep".

However, sleep therapy doctor Kat Lederly said the sleep paralysis could be a side-effect of the pandemic and the societal changes it has caused, rather than being caused by covid itself.

The US-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC) have also warned that people suffering with diarrhoea when they visit the bathroom may also be infected with the highly mutated strain.

NBC Chicago notes people with compromised immune systems are the most likely to experience diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

These might be people recovering from Covid-19, although John Hopkins Medicine notes around 20% are likely to experience diarrhoea as a symptom shortly after catching the virus.

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