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OMICRON manifests itself as a wide range of symptoms – drastically different from the classic trio from the first Covid wave.

People report eye problems, earaches, muscle aches and skip meals.

Symptoms of intestinal infection may indicate that you have Omicron, but tests may not detect it


Symptoms of intestinal infection may indicate that you have Omicron, but tests may not detect itCredit: Getty – Contributor

The variant affects patients differently and affects new parts of the body after mutation from the original coronavirus.

A number of very positive studies show that Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated, with Covid booster jabs protecting against it.

An expert has warned that positive cases may be missed now because inoculations do not pick up Omicron in some people.

Professor Tim Spector, from the ZOE Covid Symptom Study, told Sun Online that the variant could settle in the gut instead of the nose.

This means that when people are infected and experience bowel symptoms like a bad stomach, they will test negative – as there will be no trace of Omicron in the nose or mouth.

The expert explained: “We know that the virus tries to penetrate the mouth or nose and appears in the respiratory system or lungs.

“And it sometimes goes into the gut and people who have long Covid – they have found traces of the virus in the gut, which can last a long time.

“We know that this virus travels to different parts of the body.

“It is possible that Omicron or another variant is attacking the gut.

“And this would not be seen in the nose – so you could have an intestinal infection but not turn out to be positive.

“We can miss quite a few cases by just wiping our noses.”

Symptoms of an intestinal infection include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pains
  • Heartburn
  • Flatulence

The Center for Disease Control in the United States has also listed diarrhea as a symptom of Omicron.

It is believed that individuals with a weaker immune system may experience gastrointestinal symptoms in the early stages of infection.

The ZOE app has had diarrhea listed as a symptom of Covid since last year due to the disruption of normal bowel function caused by the virus.

It is especially important to wash your hands regularly, if you have a bad stomach, to avoid spreading the virus that way.


Normally, diarrhea will last an average of two to three days, but can last for up to seven days. Drink plenty of water and avoid sodas or fruit juices.

Stay home if you have diarrhea or vomiting, and if you think it may be Covid, isolate for five days. If you work with food, there may be stricter rules for returning to work after this type of illness.

Very few people have previously reported it as their only sign of illness with other variants, but with the advent of Omicron, Prof Spector now believes that people who mainly have bowel symptoms can carry the virus but test negative.

He said: “We are seeing an increase in bowel symptoms with Omicron compared to Delta.

“People will not report it because they do not think it is genuine as they are taking a sidestream test and it is negative.

“But with a viral gut problem – it could still be Covid.”

The expert said that people should make sure they eat well with a varied diet that includes gut-friendly things – such as fermented foods and live yogurt.

Prof Spector said: “In general, the better your diet, the more you can protect against serious illness.”

Top 20 symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Nysen
  • Persistent cough
  • Hoarse voice
  • Other things
  • Unusual joint pain
  • Chills or chills
  • Fever
  • Dizzy
  • Eye tenderness
  • Brain fog
  • Unusual muscle pain
  • Changed odor
  • Skipped meals
  • Swollen glands
  • Chest pain
  • Earache

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Yesterday, we unveiled a list of the 20 best Omicron symptoms that have been updated, with two new signs of the variant that you should not ignore.

Brits have logged how they feel before and after testing positive on the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app.

This week, earache and unusual joint pain have been added to the list, with depression and loss of odor removed.

Still in the top 20 are symptoms such as runny nose, headache, fatigue, changed odor and skipped meals.

If you think you have Covid from a known symptom, take a test and isolate yourself for five days all day and take lateral flows to be released.

Prof Spector added: “It’s great to see cases fall quickly.

“While it is easy to believe that the worst is over, our healthcare system is still not functioning properly and complacency will inevitably lead to problems.

The ZOE data already show an increase in symptomatic cases in children due to the back-to-school effect.

“With cases still high and restrictions lifted, we just have to hope people stay sensible, their households are triple vaccinated, and regardless of official advice, everyone knows they need to isolate and test themselves when they experience cold-like symptoms.”

Professor Tim Spector has said that cases can be missed as the virus may not be in the nose of some people


Professor Tim Spector has said that cases can be missed as the virus may not be in the nose of some people
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