The government has urged residents of the UK to get their third coronavirus jab as soon as possible as the best way to protect themselves from serious Covid-19 disease.
They say vaccines continue to be the strongest defense against Omicron, a new “extremely transmissible” variant of the disease, with a third dose increasing protection against symptomatic infection back to over 70 percent.
Breakthrough infections in those who have had three shots may still occur, with many becoming ill and experiencing symptoms as a result of the new strain.
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While initial reports have suggested that symptoms due to Omicron are milder than those experienced under previously dominant variants Delta and Beta, it is still very soon to draw conclusions.
A New York-based emergency doctor took to Twitter to share anecdotal evidence of “mild” but “unpleasant” symptoms they had identified in people who have tripled, reports The Mirror.
Verified NYC ER doctor Craig Spencer said in a post that those who had received a booster mostly report a “sore throat”.
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“Lots of sore throat,” he said.
He continued: “Also some fatigue, maybe some muscle pain. No difficulty breathing. No shortness of breath. All a little uncomfortable, but fine.”
The NHS’s guidance on the main symptoms of the disease has remained the same since the beginning of the pandemic: a high temperature, a new, persistent cough and loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.
In general, reports have suggested that people report Omicron symptoms that resemble a cold.
The ZOE Covid study has tracked symptoms reported via their app of people suffering from the disease, compared to the symptoms of Delta back in October, when it was the predominant variant.
The study found that there was no clear difference between the symptoms of Omicron and Delta, according to the Mirror.
Only 50 percent of the cases experienced the classic three symptoms of loss of taste or smell, a new and persistent cough and fever.
The five symptoms found in both the Delta and Omicron variants were: runny nose, headache, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing, sore throat.
Cerebral palsy and loss of appetite have also been listed as common symptoms across both waves.
Covid infections have continued to rise across the capital during the holiday season, with the government apparently reluctant to introduce new measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Data NHS England tonight (December 30) has shown that there are currently 3,477 people in London hospitals with Covid, the highest number of Covid patients since February 16 this year.
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