New set of symptoms officially overtakes cough and fever as most common Covid sign

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In the last seven days 1,281,588 have been confirmed to have the virus, and concerns are growing about how the workforce can function with so many people in isolation

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A new set of symptoms has officially overtaken a temperature and a cough as the most common sign of Covid-19, fresh studies have shown.

Covid cases have been growing exponentially for the past two weeks, with 218,705 cases being confirmed on a single day on Tuesday.

In the last seven days 1,281,588 people have been confirmed to have the virus, and concerns are growing about how the workforce can function with so many people needing to isolate.

For almost two years the most common signs of Covid have been a high temperature and a cough, but now it appears a different set of symptoms are reigning supreme with the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

According to the ZOE Covid study, 51.3% of people experiencing new cold-like symptoms are likely to have symptomatic Covid
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According to the ZOE Covid study, 51.3% of people experiencing new cold-like symptoms are likely to have symptomatic Covid.

A snotty nose, sore throat and headache are among those symptoms.

Despite the huge numbers of cases, the Prime Minister has so far refused to bring in any further restrictions to combat the spread.

It also comes amid news that around 1.3 million people in the UK – one in 50 – are likely to be suffering from long Covid, the highest number since estimates began.

This includes more than half a million people who first had Covid-19, or suspected they had the virus, at least one year ago.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are based on self-reported long Covid from a representative sample of people in private households.

It also comes amid news that around 1.3 million people in the UK – one in 50 – are likely to be suffering from long Covid
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Responses were collected in the four weeks to December 6 last year – before the recent surge in coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant.

The estimate of 1.3 million people with long Covid is up from 1.2 million at the end of October and 945,000 at the start of July.

Of the 1.3 million, 892,000 people (70%) first had – or suspected they had – Covid-19 at least 12 weeks previously, while 506,000 (40%) first had the virus at least a year earlier.

Dr Claire Steves, scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app and Reader at King’s College London said:“It’s good news that the number of daily new cases has slowed for now. ZOE COVID Study data shows that this slow down is being driven by cases falling in London and in younger age groups. However, it’s worrying to see cases increasing in the over 75 age group.

In the last seven days 1,281,588 people have been confirmed to have the virus
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“This is the group we need to protect as they are the most likely to be hospitalised as a result of a COVID infection. It’s too early to know if cases have truly peaked in London, as schools are yet to reopen after the holidays.

“We’ve seen school terms driving infection waves throughout the pandemic. The health and care systems are already under huge pressure, so we all need to take personal responsibility for limiting the spread of COVID.

“This could be in the form of regular testing, wearing masks, staying away from busy crowded places, meeting up outside and getting booster vaccines.”

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

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