The most recent government update from December 31 shows there were nearly 250,000 Omicron Covid cases in the UK as experts have identified symptoms to look out for if you’ve been exposed to the variant

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The true impact of the Omicron Covid-19 variant after the holidays is yet to be felt, and it is important to know what symptoms to look out for and when they can appear.

The most recent government update from December 31 shows there were nearly 250,000 Omicron Covid cases in the UK.

Experts across the world have identified eight symptoms of the variant, which don’t necessarily match up to the commonly-known Covid-19 symptoms of a dry cough, fever and loss of taste or smell.

Being aware of a newly scratchy throat or headache could help prevent the spread of the variant.

Eight symptoms have been identified as being telltale signs you might have picked up the variant: a scratchy throat, runny nose, fatigue, sneezing, lower back pain, headache, night sweats and muscle aches.

One symptom of the Omicron Covid-19 variant that has been identified is a runny nose


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Furthermore, these symptoms may appear as early as two days after being exposed to someone who has Omicron, the Daily Express reports.

Symptoms can also take longer to appear and it is imperative to test regularly if you’ve been exposed or self-isolate for 10 days.

Ryan Roach, CEO of South African health insurer Discovery Health, said anecdotal evidence suggests Omicron symptoms seem to come on within three days.

People are urged to test regularly if they have been exposed to Covid-19


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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.

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.

Yesterday, 137,583 new cases of Covid were reported in England and Wales over the past 24 hours, down around 25,000 cases on the day before, according to data from NHS England.

It marked the second day of decline from a New Year’s Eve peak of around 190,000 cases across the UK.

Other symptoms of the Covid-19 variant is fatigue and muscle aches


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England and Wales also reported 73 deaths within 28 days of a Covid test.

This was nearly half of the 154 reported in England alone on Saturday.

The government said data for Scotland and Northern Ireland would be updated after the New Year holiday.

It was the second day in a row that cases had dropped, but the impact of socialising over Christmas and New Year, and the return of schools, is yet to be felt by the nation.

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