The reason you should never ignore these five Omicron symptoms

As the coronavirus pandemic swept the country, it has taken a devastating toll on the health of those affected, with thousands losing their lives.

But after a series of severe exposures, the latest strain to hit seemed milder than the others, with those who got it experiencing little or no symptoms.

Individuals with omicron often seem to feel little more than a common cold, particularly in individuals who have been vaccinated.

However, a team of experts have now reported a range of symptoms that should not be ignored by people with the virus. reports the mirror.

The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has highlighted five specific symptoms that suggest someone with Omicron may need closer medical attention than first thought.

The CDC says the following symptoms are all signs that you may need medical attention:

  • difficulty breathing
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • New confusion
  • Pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
  • Inability to wake up (hard to stand up) or stay awake

Experts say this list is not definitive and overall you should see a doctor if any symptom affects you.

For most people, the virus is easily treated at home, and the latest data to be released on Omicron say it is unlikely to cause serious illness in most adults.

However, many people who contract Covid report symptoms that are more akin to a cold.

The head of the ZOE Covid tracker app, Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London, said: “Over 50 per cent of people with a cold-like symptom have PCR-detectable Covid.”

However, if you start to feel worse or notice your symptoms getting worse, the NHS advises you to call 111 or see a doctor.

The NHS says you should see a doctor if you have trouble breathing or feel very weak, achy or tired.

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