As Omicron spreads across the UK, people have been presenting with various signs of infection that we haven’t seen with previous Covid variants.
Experts have already warned that symptoms of Omicron are quite different to the traditional signs of coronavirus, which includes a new and continuous cough, fever and loss/change to your smell and taste.
Unlike previous variants like Delta, symptoms of this super mutant strain has been found to be similar to a common cold. And though they are described as “extremely mild,” Omicron symptoms seem to be targeting different parts of the body.
Here’s one sign on the skin that many patients who have tested positive for Omicron have reported.
What is the telltale sign on the skin that could be a sign of Omicron?
One of the lesser-known but common symptoms of Omicron is a skin rash, according to the ZOE COVID Study app.
Described as “a fourth key sign” of the coronavirus infection, there have been two types of rashes reported by Covid positive patients.
The first is a hive-type rash that comes on suddenly in the form of raised bumps on your skin. These tend to be very itchy and often start with intense itching of the palms or soles.
The second type is a prickly heat rash that comes on as areas of small, itchy, red bumps. Though they can appear anywhere on the body, this kind of rash tends to be most common on elbows, knees and the backs of hands and feet.
While the hive-type rashes tend to come and go quickly, the prickly heat rash can persist for days or weeks, according to ZOE.
Another common skin sign has been the Covid fingers and toes, also known as chilblains. These appear as red and purple bumps on fingers and toes, which could feel sore.
Unlike the rashes, these are not usually itchy and tend to be more common with younger people with the virus.
Research has shown that these skin symptoms can appear even when there are no other symptoms linked to Covid present.
What are the common symptoms of Omicron?
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Other common symptoms of Omicron that are different from the original coronavirus symptoms include:
Mild muscle aches
Some other symptoms that have been reported include congestion and brain fog.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, who first raised the alarm on the new variant, also noted that certain symptoms like headaches and sore muscles are felt more intensely, especially by those who are unvaccinated.
What should I do if I have Covid symptoms?
If you believe that you have Covid or are experiencing any symptoms, the NHS advises that you should:
- Get a PCR test as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and self-isolate. You should not have visitors until you get your test result and only leave your home to have a test. You should also check if people you live with need to self-isolate.
Anyone who has Covid can infect others from around two days before symptoms start and for up to 10 days after, even if you have mild or no symptoms.