According to Dr David Lloyd, around 15 per cent of children affected by early cases of Omicron have presented with an ‘unusual’ rash, alongside other symptoms
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Parents should be aware of an “unusual rash” that has been linked to cases of the new Omicron Covid strain in children, a GP has said.
Dr David Lloyd, a GP based in north London, has detailed the symptoms of the new variant primarily seen among younger age groups.
Around 15% of children who have been confirmed as having the strain had reportedly developed a rash, he said.
Alongside the rash were reports of symptoms including fatigue, headache and loss of appetite.
According to Dr Lloyd, early cases of Omicron appeared to be presenting with slightly different symptoms to different strains.
He told Sky News that symptoms like fatigue, headaches and a loss of appetite seemed to be “quite important”, as was the emergence of a rash.
“We’ve always had a small cohort of patients with Covid who are getting funny rashes but up to 15% of the Omicron children are getting an unusual rash,” he said.
“So we’re starting to learn a little bit more about the virus and we are starting to look out for it.”
Dr Lloyd carried on to say that the data suggested it does double “very quickly” in the number of people that were in the community.
He added: “So let’s hope that it isn’t as deadly as the Delta and let’s hope that we can get on top of it. But it’s a concerning time.”
Over the course of the pandemic, the NHS has listed three main symptoms of Covid to look out for in both adults and in children.
The short list included a new, continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of smell or taste.
However, there had been calls for the list of symptoms to be expanded, as people with confirmed cases of Covid have reported a number of different symptoms.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has previously said there is no information at present to suggest the symptoms of the Omicron variant are different from other Covid-19 variants.
Early data suggests that the new strain is more transmissible, but milder, than the Delta variant that is currently dominant across the world.
Omicron cases in the UK have hit 437 today as 101 new infections have been confirmed.
Professor Tim Spector, from the Covid Zoe app, said that in around 10 days’ time the UK could have more cases of Omicron than some countries it had put on the travel red list.
The professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London told BBC Breakfast: “The official estimates are about 350-odd Omicron cases, and because the current testing is missing a lot of those, it’s probably at least 1,000 to 2,000 I would guess at the moment.
“And we are expecting this to be doubling about every two days at the moment, so if you do your maths – say assumed it’s 1,000 at the moment, and you think it’s going to be doubling every two days, you can see that those numbers are going to be pretty (high) certainly in about 10 days time.
“By that time, we’ll probably have more cases than they will in some of those African countries.
“So I think these travel restrictions do perhaps have their place initially, when cases are really low here and really high in the other country, but when we reach that equilibrium, there’s very little point in having them in my opinion.”
Cases of the new Omicron covid variant are increasing across the UK after it was initially detected in southern Africa.
New rules designed to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus will see travellers having to take a pre-departure test before travelling to England from today.
All travellers will be required to take a Covid-19 pre-departure test, amid warnings that the time between infection and infectiousness could be shorter with the new strain.