The UK is currently embroiled in a fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, experts have warned, adding that summer festivals that draw large crowds could become widespread events if precautions are not taken .
The country saw a 43% rise in coronavirus cases in early June, apparently caused by people gathering to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee over a four-day weekend.
Two months on, the numbers remain high, with the increase driven by Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, the strain that spread rapidly across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before gradually disappear.
“We’re in a wave at the moment,” said Professor Tim Spector of the ZOE Covid app. “[We’re] heading towards a quarter of a million cases a day, that’s already a wave.”
“We’ve relaxed everything, most people don’t think there’s a Covid problem at the moment, most people don’t wear masks, they don’t even worry about cold symptoms.”
Here, we take a look at some of the more common symptoms associated with Omicron and its offspring for fully vaccinated people, and two early warning signs that you might have it.
Most common symptoms for fully vaccinated people
Researchers in Norway conducted a study interviewing 111 of 117 guests at a party on November 26, 2021 where there was an Omicron outbreak.
Of the group interviewed, 66 had definite cases of Covid and 15 possible cases of the virus.
Of the 111 participants, 89% had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine and none had received a booster vaccine.
According to findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Eurovigilancethere were eight key symptoms experienced by the fully vaccinated group of revelers.
These were: a persistent cough, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, fever and sneezing.
The study found that cough, runny nose and fatigue were among the most common symptoms in vaccinated people, while sneezing and fever were less common.
Public health experts also added nausea to that list of symptoms in vaccinated people who have contracted the Omicron variant.
Although the vaccine protects against the most serious risks of the virus, it is still possible to get Covid even if you have two shots and a booster shot.
The mild nature of the symptoms makes it difficult for people to distinguish the virus from a common cold.
But according to Professor Spector, around 50 percent of “‘new colds’ today are, in fact, Covid”.
Two early warning signs that Omicron may have
Experts also suggest that there are two distinct symptoms that could be a sign that a positive test is imminent: fatigue and dizziness or fainting.
More than just feeling tired, fatigue can translate into body pain causing muscle aches or weakness, headaches and even blurred vision and loss of appetite.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and president of the South African Medical Association, said Good morning Great Britain that fatigue was one of the main symptoms of Omicron when the variant broke out in South Africa.
In fact, 40 percent of women reported having problems with fatigue due to Covid compared to a third of men, according to a WebMD survey that asked users how often they experienced fatigue on 23 December 2021 to January 4, 2022.
Dizziness or fainting is the second sign that Omicron can have.
A report from Germany recently suggested there could be a link between fainting spells and Omicron after doctors in Berlin found that Covid was causing recurrent dizziness in a 35-year-old patient admitted to hospital.
german newspaper Arztezeitung he said doctors could see a “clear connection” between the infection and the fainting spells.
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