The main symptoms of Covid will come as no surprise to most television-owning Brits by now, but people with Omicron have reported new and unexpected symptoms.

Two particularly unusual symptoms that have emerged among patients over the past month are pink eye (otherwise known as conjunctivitis) and hair loss.

Scientists have explained the occurrence of pink eye as the Omicron variant impacts the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which is found in the eyes.

This can happen within about two days of contracting the variant.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, hair shedding is also a common symptom of Covid.

This happens because more hairs enter the "shedding" phase after someone has had a fever.

This is more likely to happen towards the end of the infection.

According to recent data, Omicron causes milder illness than the Delta Covid variant did, particularly in those who are vaccinated.

Everyone should be aware of the main symptoms – a new cough, loss of taste and smell and a fever.

However, experts across the world have now identified eight specific symptoms of the variant that Brits should be aware of.

They are a scratchy throat, runny nose, fatigue, sneezing, lower back pain, headache, night sweats and muscle aches.

These symptoms may appear as early as two days after being exposed to the Omicron virus.

Professor Tim Spector, the scientist behind symptom tracker app Zoe, described the symptoms of Omicron as being more similar to that of a common cold.

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This means it's much easier to miss if you're infected with Omicron, with Prof Spector warning anyone with cold-like symptoms to take a Covid test to make sure.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should book a PCR test as soon as possible.

You should stay home until you get the result, and only leave to get a test.

You can book a free test on the government website.

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