Symptoms of the highly contagious Omicron variant have been pinpointed by experts.

The new variant has swept across the UK, becoming the most common variant less than a month after it was identified.

Scotland’s daily case rate hit a new high of over 20,000 today – a record that was previously broken only days before.

A total of 34.9 percent of tests reported today were positive.

There is good news – Omicron symptoms appear milder than other strains, particularly for those who have gotten boosters, reports the Express.

Even still, people can still become very ill and, in some cases, die after contracting Omicron.

Sick woman blowing her nose, she covered with blanket

The official three symptoms of Covid according to the NHS are a new and continuous cough, a fever and a loss of taste and smell.

However, many people don’t experience any of those symptoms at all.

Many people have compared Omicron’s symptoms to a common cold, with a scratchy throat and runny nose appearing among the most common symptoms.

Experts have identified eight warning signs of Omicron and warned these are most likely to come on in the early stages of the illness.

Omicron signs and symptoms

The eight early warning symptoms of Omicron according to data from the UK, US and South Africa are:

  • Scratchy throat
  • Lower back pain
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Night sweats
  • Body aches

These symptoms may appear as early as two days after being exposed to someone who has Omicron.

However, symptoms can take longer to appear, even up to 14 days after exposure, which is why if you’ve been exposed to the virus, you should either continue to test regularly (every day) or self-isolate for 10 days.

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

People with a mild case of Covid are usually unwell for about a fortnight, and of course, have to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive.

However, many people are suffering from long covid, where unpleasant symptoms last for months. (Miranda Slade, Ketsuda Phoutinane, Daniel Smith)

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