Half of Omicron patients now get ‘classic’ Covid signs – top 5 signs

Since the start of the pandemic people have suffered with numerous symptoms of Covid. Many of us are aware of the signs that were widely reported as cases first spread in the UK. However, since then the symptoms you are most likely to experience have changed.

According to the ZOE Health Study, which analyses data from Covid patients, the “classic” signs we all associate with Covid are no longer the most common symptoms of the Omicron variant.

It explains: “This analysis found no clear difference in the symptom profile of Delta and Omicron, with only 50 percent of people experiencing the classic three symptoms of fever, cough, or loss of sense of smell or taste.

“Interestingly, we’ve seen loss of smell and taste become much less common.

“It was in the top 10 symptoms earlier in 2021, and now it’s ranking at 17, with only one in five people experiencing it.

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“These findings line up with a small batch of data from contributors who reported that their positive PCR results were suspected or confirmed Omicron infections.”

Instead the five most common symptoms displayed by Omicron patients were:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (mild or severe)
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat.

Should I be concerned about Omicron?

Even if the symptoms are mild, there is reason for concern, ZOE Health says.

“While Omicron may feel more like a cold to many of us, it can still hospitalise and kill people or leave them suffering with long-term symptoms that disrupt their day-to-day lives,” it adds.


“Also, the fact that Omicron is much more infectious than Delta means it can spread quicker.

“When cases are really high, large numbers of people will have to isolate at home for days, something that is already having a significant impact on the economy and public services in the UK and beyond.”

How to protect myself

ZOE Health advises: “It’s important to know and recognize all of the symptoms of Omicron.

“Symptoms like sore throat, runny nose, headache, and fatigue could be Covid.

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“If you are experiencing any symptoms, get tested and isolate until you have your test result. This will help stop the spread.

“If you live in an area experiencing high rates of infection, consider staying home and reducing social contact.

“Omicron is a highly transmissible variant, so being a bit more cautious when it comes to socialising is a good idea.”

The NHS states that getting vaccinated is the “best protection” against COVID-19.

Everyone aged five and over can get a first and second dose of the vaccine.

And those aged 16 and over, as well as some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

There is also a second booster currently available to certain people including those aged 50 years or over, those at higher risk or who are pregnant, and frontline health and social care workers.

Other symptoms of Covid include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • An aching body
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick or being sick.

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