It looks like the UK has just seen its fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, although experts continue to fear another could arrive this autumn once the weather turns unless the right precautions are 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.
Driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, the strain that spread so rapidly across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before gradually disappearing, cases continued to rise to a peak of ‘about 4.6 million cases in the middle. -July before starting to gradually decrease.
While August finds Britain in a much better place in terms of infections, closer to just 120,000 per day according to the Zoe Health study, the recent surge was a timely reminder that Covid has not gone away and that we still have to be attentive as new. mutations continue to emerge around the world.
The approval of Moderna’s new Omicron-specific jab is a welcome development for the UK and the vaccine could end up playing a major role in any other vaccine push to come.
With that in mind, what follows is an overview of some of the more common symptoms associated with this variant and its offspring for fully vaccinated people, and two early warning signs that you may 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 Tim Spector of the Zoe Covid Project, around 50 per cent 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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