First Omicron symptom and warning sign that you can often hear if you have Covid

Omicron symptoms have been found to be quite different than that of previous covid variants. One of the earliest signs of Omicron could be present in your voice. Here’s the change you need to listen out for

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The dry throat from Omicron causes you to develop a hoarse voice

Something that’s become obvious as Omicron spreads across the country, is that the symptoms for this variant are far from ordinary.

From headaches to intense body ache, Omicron is not to be taken lightly and this variant is very different from the traditional signs we’ve come to expect from Covid.

Known to present those infected with cold-like symptoms, other common things people infected with the variant include runny nose, dry/scratchy throat, headache, fatigue and sneezing, a study from health science company Zoe revealed.

And now, people are discovering that one of the first warning signs of Omicron is something you can hear, according to experts.

What is the Omicron symptom you can hear and how do Omicron symptoms vary from other variants?

The signs of Omicron are said to be different than the traditional signs of coronavirus


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Omicron sufferers will often hear the first new symptom to indicate that they have been infected with coronavirus as the variant has been linked with a scratchy throat, which can cause you to develop a hoarse or scratchy voice.

The three most common signs of coronavirus that we’ve previously been warned of are a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, and a loss/ change to your sense of taste or smell, according to the NHS.

However, Professor Tim Spector, the scientist behind symptom tracker app Zoe, described the symptoms of Omicron as being more similar to that of a common cold.

This means it’s much easier to miss if you’re infected with Omicron, with Prof. Spector warning anyone with cold-like symptoms to take a Covid test to make sure.

Besides the common signs highlighted by Zoe, signs like congestion, night sweats, brain fog and loss of appetite have all been recorded as symptoms of Omicron recently as well.

Though symptoms have been varied, Omicron has been described as being “extremely mild”, by Dr Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first raised the alarm on the new variant.

Despite this, Dr Coetzee has also warned that certain symptoms like headaches and sore muscles may be felt more intensely, especially by those who are unvaccinated.

What should I do if I have Covid symptoms?

Whether you have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, you need to self-isolate until you get a negative test result


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If you believe that you have Covid or are experiencing any symptoms, the NHS advises that you should :

  1. Get a PCR test as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and self-isolate. You should not have visitors until you get your test result and only leave your home to have a test. You should also check if people you live with need to self-isolate.

Anyone who has Covid can infect others from around two days before symptoms start for up to 10 days after. You can pass infections on to others, even if you mild or no symptoms which is why government guidance recommends we stay-at-home until we test negative.

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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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