Expert reveals four main Omicron symptoms for double and triple vaccinated


Omicron has now become the dominant Covid-19 variant in London, and daily Covid-19 infections have reached their highest levels since January

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, has revealed the main symptoms of Omicron
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, has revealed the main symptoms of Omicron

An expert has revealed four of the main symptoms of the Omicron variant, as 59,000 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the UK in a single day – the highest rate of infection since January.

The Omicron variant today becoming the dominant variant in London, and the government has introduced a raft of new measures in an attempt to curb the spread of the variant, including introducing daily testing for everyone who has come into contact with a positive case.

The first UK cases of Omicron were only confirmed on November 27 and the speed of its spread has alarmed ministers and prompted a dramatic acceleration of the booster jab programme.

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Omicron today become the dominant variant in London
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The UK Health Security Agency has previously projected that Omicron could become the dominant variant across the country by the middle of the month.

So far one person is confirmed to have died from the Omicron variant – but their age or vaccination status isn’t known.

The ZOE Covid app, which logs submissions from millions of users across the UK, has begun to hint at the variant’s ability to evade vaccine-induced antibodies, the Express reports.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, who heads up the ZOE Covid study app, explained the symptoms being reported in those double or triple jabbed.

“A regular ZOE user entertained a 60th birthday party gathering with 18 guests,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“All of them had taken lateral flow tests prior to the gathering. On Sunday they were informed that one of the guests – who happened to be a teacher – had tested positive and the following week 16 out of 18 had fallen ill in some way.

A Zoe Covid app user caught Omicron at a 60th birthday party
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“They were subsequently informed by NHS test and trace that it was Omicron or probable Omicron and they were waiting to get the genetic sequencing confirmations.”

According to the professor, the symptoms they reported were pretty mild.

“Quite a few of them had nausea, slight temperature, sore throats and headaches,” he said.

Although nobody was bad enough to need a doctor or go to hospital, all had been “double and triple vaccinated”, added Prof Spector.

The fact that none of the cases required medical assistance indicates that the vaccines “clearly” reduced the severity of the illness, he noted.

It now appears the current wave will result in a far higher peak amid warnings that Omicron cases could reach as high as one million a day.

NHS England have scrapped the 15-minute wait for patients after they’ve have their Pfizer Covid jabbed to speed up the booster programme.

They have done away with the quarter-of-an-hour sit-down so more doses can be administered.

It now appears the current wave will result in a far higher peak amid warnings that Omicron cases could reach one million a day
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The isolation rules have also changed, with those who have come into contact with a positive case expected to do a daily lateral flow test.

But today’s stats arrive after it emerged no PCR Covid test slots are left in areas of England today.

Hertfordshire, Suffolk, the Isle of Wight, Bristol, and Mendip currently have no PCR tests – the gold standard of coronavirus tests – available to the general public at walk-in and drive-in test sites.

The governments booking site previously said there are “none available” at every region in England while some slots are still available at sites in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The site has since been updated with most areas having slots available again.

Meanwhile, a decision on whether to vaccinate children as young as five could come in the next 10 days, the head of the UK’s vaccine advisory group has said.

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