Experts list 13 Omicron symptoms believed to be found in fully vaccinated people

A study has revealed 13 Omicron symptoms experienced in people that have been fully vaccinated against Covid.

The study, published in the epidemiology journal Eurosurveillance, looked into infections recorded at a company Christmas party held in Oslo, Norway, on November 30 last year.

It was found that 66 out of the 117 people in attendance came down with confirmed Omicron, while there was a further 15 probable cases of the virus variant.

One of the people in attendance is said to have returned from South Africa – where Omicron was first reported – just two days before the festive bash.

Experts also discovered that one of the attendees was infected by the Delta strain of the virus.

Six people chose not to be interviewed for the purposes of the study.

The average age of people found to be infected with the virus was 38. Around 88 per cent of people there were also given two doses of the coronavirus vaccine – none were given a booster dose by this point.

Scientists asked attendees for the symptoms they experienced during their spell with Omicron.

A large chunk of people were double jabbed against Covid

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Cough was the most commonly experienced one, with 83 per cent of attendees said to be suffering from the symptom.

This was followed by fatigue (74 per cent), sore throat (72 per cent) and a headache (68 per cent).

Reduced smell (12 per cent), heavy breathing (12 per cent) and abdominal pain (six per cent) were the least experienced by those with Omicron.

The full list of symptoms included:

  • Cough
  • runny nose
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • Headache
  • muscle pain
  • fever
  • sneezing
  • reduced appetite
  • reduced taste
  • Reduced-smell
  • heavy breathing
  • abdominal pain

This appears to line up with the symptoms reported by the ZOE Covid Study app – which is used by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland when devising a response to recent Covid developments.

From the information provided by contributors to the study, the top five symptoms experienced by people with suspected Omicron were a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat.

Around half of people are said to have experienced the classic three symptoms of Covid infection – a continuous cough, fever or a loss of sense of smell or taste.

Nicola Sturgeon told Scots that the country is now ‘through the worst’ of the wave of Omicron in a Covid update delivered earlier this month.

Covid case numbers have been on a sharp decline in Scotland since they reached record highs following the festive break.

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Earlier today, the Scottish Government reported 7,449 new cases of the virus in the last 24 hours – which is a significant decrease from the record high 20,217 recorded on January 3.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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