The Omicron variant continues to grip the world despite reports of mild symptoms. Reports have now surfaced regarding two new symptoms to be aware of.
Scientists behind the ZOE Covid symptom app have ascertained most people testing positive for Omicron are reporting symptoms more closely associated with the common cold.
For analysis, scientists took the health reports from contributors reporting positive cases in the ZOE COVID Study app in December 2021 as Omicron became dominant.
The data was then compared with other data from early October when Delta was the dominant variant.
Doctor Claire Steves said the top five symptoms in both periods were:
Doctor Angelique Coetzee, South African doctor who first rang the alarm regarding Omicron, spoke to BBC regarding the unusual symptoms she was seeing.
She discussed how a male patient aged 33, didn’t have a sore throat, but more of a “scratchy throat”.
There was no cough or loss of taste or smell present — symptoms that have been associated with previous strains of the coronavirus.
Other patients she had seen so far with the Omicron variant had also experienced what she described as “extremely mild” symptoms, and she added that her colleagues had noted similar cases.
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