Expert lists five most common Omicron Covid variant symptoms – including sore throat and runny nose

New data suggests that cold-like symptoms are most commonly reported by people with Omicron

There is growing concern about the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which the World Health Organisation says is spreading significantly faster than Delta.

It is less than one month since the WHO designated Omicron a ‘variant of concern’ on November 26 with much still not known about it.

The Irish Government announced new restrictions beginning Monday in a bid to slow its spread over the Christmas period.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan also shared some worrying data about the Omicron strain as he confirmed over 7,000 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday.

“Recent international experience and the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant here means we can expect to see a large number of cases over the next short period of time,” Dr Holohan warned.

The WHO says the Omicron variant poses a "very high" global risk.
The WHO says the Omicron variant poses a “very high” global risk. (Image: NurPhoto/PA Images)

Almost two years into the pandemic, most people are familiar with Covid-19 symptoms.

But new research suggests that Omicron symptoms could be different from what patients experience with Alpha, Beta and Delta.

The five most common Omicron symptoms

New data suggests that cold-like symptoms are most commonly reported by people with Omicron.

The latest data, published on Thursday by health science company Zoe and King’s College London, reveals the top five symptoms:

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

These differ to the three other symptoms, which health officials say are more common signs of Covid: A high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell.

Their research was based on positive cases in London, which has a higher prevalence of Omicron than the rest of the UK.

Lead scientist Tim Spector said: “If you do have symptoms of a mild or bad cold, it’s highly likely that you’ve got covid if you’re in an area like London at the moment.”

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