Covid: Five signs that you may have Omicron

According to experts in South Africa, the latest mutation of Covid-19 presents with about five telltale signs in patients (Image: Getty)

The symptoms of the highly contagious variant of Omicron seem completely different from what the world has known.

According to experts in South Africa – where Omicron was first discovered – people should look out for five telltale signs.

These are slightly different from the famous trio of ‘fever, cough and loss of smell’ listed on the NHS website.

Initial reports suggested that the symptoms of Omicron were an itchy throat, dry cough, extreme fatigue, mild muscle aches, and night sweats.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, was one of the first to discover the Omicron strain.

She told health officials she saw a ‘clinical picture inconsistent with Delta’ in November.

Dr Angelique Coetzee warned the authorities about the presence of the Omicron variant (Image: SAMedicalAssoc/Twitter)
People line up at a vaccination center in Bristol as the ramp-up is ramped up (Image: PA)

Earlier today, she told Sky News that Omicron is currently manifesting as a ‘mild illness’.

However, she stressed that this was a ‘different picture of people being hospitalized, especially among unvaccinated people’.

This comes as the UK’s Covid-19 alert level was raised due to the ‘significant’ threat of increased cases across the NHS.

The five symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Tired
  • Night sweats
  • Throat is scratched
  • Dry cough
  • Mild muscle pain

It is not clear how many Omicron cases there are in the UK but it is estimated that the number of daily infections could be as high as 200,000.

Cases of the new variant are expected to ‘significantly increase’ Sajid Javid warned yesterday before Christmas.

Ahead of a key vote on the so-called ‘Plan B’ today, the Health Secretary told MPs: ‘While Omicron represents more than 20% of cases in the UK, we have seen it increase to over 44% in London.

‘And we expect it to become the dominant Covid-19 variant in the capital in the next 48 hours.’

Anyone with the three traditional symptoms is encouraged to order for free Test PCR as soon as possible – although they were not on the government website this morning due to ‘particularly high demand’.

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Huynh Nguyen

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