The UK is currently locked in a fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, experts have warned, adding that if precautions are not taken, summer festivals that bring large crowds together could become super-spreader events.
The country saw a 43 percent rise in coronavirus cases in early June, which appears to have been due to people gathering over a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
A month later, numbers remain high, with the rise being driven by subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 of Omicron, the strain that spread rapidly across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before gradually declining.
“We are in a wave at the moment,” said Professor Tim Spector of the ZOE Covid app. “[We’re] Heading for a quarter of a million cases a day, that’s quite a wave.”
“We’ve relaxed everything, most people don’t think there’s a Covid problem right now, most people aren’t wearing masks or even worried about cold symptoms.”
Here we take a look at some of the most common symptoms associated with Omicron and its progeny in fully vaccinated individuals – and two early warning signs you may have.
The most common symptoms in fully vaccinated individuals
Researchers in Norway conducted a study in which they interviewed 111 out of 117 guests at a party on November 26, 2021 that saw an omicron outbreak.
Of the group surveyed, 66 had definite cases of Covid and 15 had possible cases of the virus.
Of the 111 participants, 89 percent had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine and none had received a booster shot.
According to the results published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology euro surveillancethere were eight key symptoms experienced by the group of fully vaccinated partygoers.
These were: persistent cough, runny nose, tiredness, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fever and sneezing.
The study found that cough, runny nose and fatigue were among the most common symptoms among the vaccinated individuals, while sneezing and fever were the least common.
Public health experts also added nausea to that list of symptoms in vaccinated individuals who contracted the Omicron variant.
Although the vaccine protects against the more serious risks of the virus, it is still possible to contract Covid even if you have had both vaccinations and a booster shot.
The mild nature of the symptoms makes it difficult for people to distinguish the virus from a common cold.
But according to Professor Spector, around 50 per cent of the ‘new colds’ are actually Covid at the moment.
Two early warning signs that you may have Omicron
Experts also suggest that there are two distinct symptoms that could be a sign a positive test is imminent: tiredness and dizzy or fainting spells.
In addition to simply feeling tired, exhaustion can also lead to physical aches and pains by causing aching or weak muscles, headaches, and even blurred vision and loss of appetite.
dr Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of the South African Medical Association, said Good morning Britain that fatigue was one of the main symptoms of Omicron when the variant broke out in South Africa.
According to a survey by WebMD that asked users how often they had experienced fatigue from December 23, 2021 to January 4, 2022, 40 percent of women said they had struggled with fatigue due to Covid, in the compared to a third of men.
Dizziness or fainting are the second signs that you may have Omicron.
A report from Germany recently suggested there could be a link between fainting spells and Omicron after doctors in Berlin found Covid was triggering recurring dizzy spells in a 35-year-old patient who was hospitalized.
German newspaper medical newspaper said doctors could see a “clear link” between the infection and the fainting spells.