According to new studies, temperature and cough are no longer the most common signs of coronavirus.
Another set of symptoms now prevails with the onset of the Omicron variant.
According to the ZOE Covid study, 51.3% of people who experience new cold-like symptoms – including a snotty nose, sore throat and headache – are likely to have symptomatic Covid.
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Since the start of the pandemic almost two years ago, the most common signs of coronavirus have been high temperature and cough
Both symptoms have been officially listed since the start of the pandemic almost two years ago, but the new set of symptoms has officially overtaken them, reports MirrorOnline.
Covid cases have grown exponentially in the last two weeks, with 218,705 cases being confirmed in a single day Tuesday.
In the last seven days, 1,281,588 people have been confirmed to have the virus, and concerns are growing about how the workforce can work with so many people to be isolated.
Despite the huge number of cases, the Prime Minister has so far refused to impose further restrictions to combat the spread.
It also comes amid news that around 1.3 million people in the UK – one in 50 – are likely to suffer from prolonged Covid, the highest number since estimates began.
This includes more than half a million people who first had Covid-19 or suspected they had the virus at least a year ago.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are based on self-reported long Covid from a representative sample of individuals in private households.
The responses were collected in the four weeks leading up to December 6 last year – before the recent increase in coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant.
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The estimate of 1.3 million people with long Covid has risen from 1.2 million at the end of October and 945,000 at the beginning of July
Out of the 1.3 million, 892,000 people (70%) first had – or suspected they had – Covid-19 at least 12 weeks earlier, while 506,000 (40%) first had the virus at least a year earlier.
Dr. Claire Steves, scientist at the ZOE COVID Study App and Reader at King’s College London, said: “It’s good news that the number of daily new cases has dropped for now. ZOE COVID survey data show that this slowdown is driven by cases that falls in London and in younger age groups, however, it is worrying to see the number of cases increase in the age group over 75 years.
“This is the group we need to protect, as they are most likely to be hospitalized as a result of a COVID infection. It is too early to know if the cases have really peaked in London, as schools are not yet reopening after the holidays. .
“We have seen school terms drive waves of infection through the pandemic. The health and care systems are already under enormous pressure, so we all have to take personal responsibility for limiting the spread of COVID.
“This can be in the form of regular tests, wearing masks, staying away from busy crowded places, meeting outside and getting booster vaccines.”
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