The UK appears to have just experienced its fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, although experts continue to fear another could arrive this autumn once the weather turns unless the right precautions are taken.
The country saw a 43 percent spike in coronavirus cases in early June, seemingly caused by people gathering to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee over the course of a four-day weekend.
Driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron – the strain that spread so rapidly across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before gradually fading away – cases continued to rise, peaking at around 4.6 million cases in mid-July before gradually starting to decline.
While in August Britain is in a much better place in terms of infections, closer to just 120,000 a day according to the ZOE Health Study, the recent spike was a timely reminder that Covid hasn’t gone away and we still need to be vigilant like new mutations continue to emerge around the world.
The approval of Moderna’s new Omicron-specific injection is a welcome development for the UK and the injection could play an important role in any further vaccine actions to come.
With that in mind, what follows is a rundown of some of the most common symptoms associated with that variant and its offspring for the fully vaccinated — and two early warning signs that you may have it.
Most common symptoms in fully vaccinated
Researchers in Norway conducted a survey of 111 of 117 guests at a party on November 26, 2021 where there was an Omicron outbreak.
Of the group interviewed, 66 had definitive cases of Covid and 15 had possible cases of the virus.
Of the 111 participants, 89 percent had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine, and none had received a booster shot.
According to the findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Eurosurveillancethere were eight major symptoms experienced by the group of fully vaccinated partygoers.
These were: a persistent cough, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fever, and sneezing.
The study found that coughing, runny noses and fatigue were among the most common symptoms in the vaccinated individuals, while sneezing and fever were the least common.
Public health experts also added nausea to this list of symptoms in vaccinated people who contracted the Omicron variant.
Although the vaccine protects against the more serious risks of the virus, it is still possible to contract Covid even if you have both shots and a booster shot.
The mild nature of the symptoms makes it difficult for people to distinguish the virus from a cold.
But according to Professor Tim Spector of the Zoe Covid Project, about 50 percent of “new colds” currently are in fact Covid.
Two Early Warning Signs You May Have Omicron
Experts also suggest that there are two distinct symptoms that could be a sign that a positive test is around the corner: fatigue and periods of dizziness or fainting.
Fatigue can not just feel tired but can translate into physical pain by causing sore or weak muscles, headaches and even blurred vision and loss of appetite.
dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and president of the South African Medical Association, said: Good morning Great Britain that fatigue was one of the main symptoms of Omicron when the variant broke out in South Africa.
In fact, 40 percent of women reported struggling with fatigue due to Covid compared to a third of men, according to a WebMD poll that asked users how often they had experienced fatigue from Dec. 23, 2021 to Jan. 4. 2022.
Dizziness or fainting is the second sign that you have Omicron.
A report from Germany recently suggested there could be a link between fainting and Omicron after doctors in Berlin found that Covid was causing recurrent vertigo in a 35-year-old hospitalized patient.
German newspaper Arztezeitung said the doctors could see a “clear link” between the infection and the fainting spells.