The UK appears to have just ended its fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, although experts remain concerned that, unless proper precautions are taken, there could be another wave this autumn once the weather improves.
The country saw a 43% surge in coronavirus cases in early June, which appeared to be driven by people coming together over a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Cases continued to rise to around 4.6 million in middle age, driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, which spread rapidly in the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before fading away. Peak – gradually began to decline before July.
While the UK was found to be in a better position in terms of infections in August, approaching 120,000 cases a day, the recent spike is a timely reminder that Covid is not going away and we still need to be vigilant, according to ZOE Health research. Mutations are constantly occurring around the world.
The approval of Moderna’s new Omicron-specific vaccine is a welcome development for the UK, which could ultimately play a major role in any further vaccine drives in the future.
With that in mind, here’s an overview of some of the most common symptoms associated with the variant and its fully vaccinated offspring — as well as two early warning signs that you may have it.
Most common symptoms of fully vaccinated
Researchers in Norway conducted a study interviewing 111 of the 117 guests who attended the party on November 26, 2021, where Omicron broke out.
Among the people interviewed, 66 people were confirmed to have the new coronavirus, and 15 people may have the virus.
Of the 111 participants, 89% received two doses of the mRNA vaccine and none received a booster shot.
According to findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology European surveillancethe fully vaccinated gathering group experienced eight major symptoms.
These are: persistent cough, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, fever and sneezing.
Cough, runny nose and fatigue were the most common symptoms among vaccinated people, while sneezing and fever were the least common, the study found.
Public health experts also added nausea to the list of symptoms in vaccinated people infected with the Omicron variant.
Although the vaccine can prevent the more serious risks of the virus, you can still catch Covid even if you have both the shot and the booster shot.
The mild nature of symptoms makes it difficult to distinguish the virus from the common cold.
However, according to Professor Tim Spector of the Zoe Covid Project, currently around 50% of “‘new colds’ are actually Covid”.
Two Early Warning Signs You May Have Omicron
Experts also suggest that two different symptoms may indicate a positive test: fatigue and dizziness or fainting.
Fatigue is more than just feeling tired, it can also translate into physical pain by causing muscle aches or weakness, headaches, and even blurred vision and loss of appetite.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, personal physician and president of the South African Medical Association, told good morning uk Fatigue was one of Omicron’s main symptoms when the variant broke out in South Africa.
In fact, according to a WebMD poll that asked users how often they suffered from fatigue from December 23, 2021 to January 4, 2022, 40% of women reported feeling fatigued due to the coronavirus , while only one third of men.
Dizziness or fainting is the second sign that you may have Omicron.
A report from Germany recently suggested a possible link between episodes of syncope and Omicron after doctors in Berlin found that Covid triggered repeated episodes of dizziness in a 35-year-old patient admitted to the hospital.
German newspaper daily Said doctors could see a “clear link” between infection and fainting.