The Omicron symptom that could be mistaken for post-Christmas comedown

After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, many of us would not have felt willing to return to the hectic pace of work and the “new normal” life.

But while some people have attributed their fatigue and lack of energy to a post-festive slump, they may have shown a symptom of Covid-19.

A feeling of fatigue is one of the top Omicron symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored at a time when the virus is rampant across the UK.

According to the ZOE-Covid study, these symptoms are associated with Omicron: sneezing, tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, headache, lower back pain, night sweats and body aches, and loss of appetite.

And after the excesses of Christmas, many people could have attributed the lack of energy to some of the other symptoms to a post-festive comedown.

The official advice is to get tested if you have the main symptoms of the coronavirus, which the NHS lists as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you get hot when you touch your chest or back (you don’t need to take your temperature)
  • a new, persistent cough – this means a lot of coughing for more than an hour or 3 or more fits of coughing in a 24 hour period (if you cough normally it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste – this means that you have noticed that you cannot smell or taste anything, or that things smell or taste differently than normal

The government has been asked to update the list of symptoms by Tim Spector, the lead scientist on the Zoe Covid Study app, who has been calling for a change since the Delta variant first appeared.

He told the BMJ: “The government’s messages are just not clear on this.

“I think most people know what cold symptoms are. I would probably just add, ‘Do you have cold symptoms?’

“We need to educate people, get back to basics, and say that if you have cold-like symptoms, stay away from people. You shouldn’t wait for the three classic symptoms. “

The UK Department of Health and Welfare said: “Since the pandemic started, we have recognized that Covid-19 has a much longer list of symptoms than those used in the case definition and experts are reviewing the list of symptoms. ”

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