With the festive season over, people are ready to start to return to work and give their New Year’s resolution their best shot.
People feeling sluggish may blame the fatigue on the post-festive slump, but little do they know it could be more than that, as it may be a symptom of Covid-19, Hull Live reports.
One of the most common Omicron symptoms is fatigue, which should not be overlooked at a time when the virus is wreaking havoc across the UK.
Sneezing, exhaustion, scratchy throat, runny nose, headache, lower back discomfort, night sweats and body pains, and loss of appetite are among indicators linked to Omicron, according to the ZOE Covid Study.
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Tim Spector, principal scientist on the Zoe Covid Study app, has been asking for a change since the development of the Delta variation, and has pushed the government to revise the list of symptoms.
He told the BMJ: “The messaging from the government is just not clear on this. “I think most people know what cold-like symptoms are. I would probably just add: ‘Have you got cold-like symptoms?’
“We need to educate people, go back to the basics, and say that if you’ve got cold-like symptoms keep away from people. You shouldn’t be waiting for the three classic symptoms.”
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The official advice is to get tested if you display the main symptoms of coronavirus, which the NHS lists as:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
The Department of Health and Social Care for England said: “Since the start of the pandemic we have acknowledged Covid-19 has a much longer list of symptoms than the ones used in the case definition, and experts keep the list of symptoms under review.”
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