Doctors have said that people who have tested positive for Omicron Covid variant have reported cold-like symptoms, including sore throat.

However, unlike a normal cold, those infected by Omicron are said to have a "scratchy throat," – which is thought to be less painful than a typical sore throat but more irritated, according to South African doctor Angelique Coetzee.

Other symptoms have been described as mild by Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, who told Reuters news agency: "In terms of the severity profile, we have seen reports of cases of Omicron that go from mild disease all the way to severe disease. There is some indication that some of the patients are presenting with mild disease, but again it is early days."

What are the most common symptoms of Covid?

Though symptoms of Covid can vary from person to person, the main symptoms and most common symptoms are, according to the NHS:

  • high temperature – if you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • new, continuous cough – either coughing a lot for more than an hour and/or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – not being able to smell or taste anything, or subtle changes to the way things smell or taste normally

What are the most common symptoms of the Omicron variant?

Researchers at the Centre for Disease Control reported that the most common symptom of Omicron was a cough in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The other two most common symptoms were listed as fatigue (65%) and a runny noses or congestion (59%). Besides this some other symptoms are :

  • Shortness of breath
  • diarrhoea
  • loss of taste or smell

What to do if you think you have Covid?

If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid, even if they're mild :

1. Immediately get a PCR test (a test sent to the lab) done to confirm if you have been infected

2. Stay at home and self-isolate until you get your test results back. Also check if anyone you live with need to self-isolate as well.

You can also get help from NHS 111 online if you're unsure of what to do or you're worried about any symptoms. If you can't reach them online, call 111 but don't go anywhere including GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

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