Be On The Lookout For These Symptoms In The New Covid Variant

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Many of us are now preferring to live in blissful ignorance of Covid-19’s existence after two years of being barraged with briefings and updates. We’ve come to inform you, regrettably, that the infection is still very much active. In fact, a newly discovered, highly transmissible variant of the disease has raised anxiety among doctors, as reported by Time Out.

Omicron subvariants 

Many nations, including the UK, are experiencing an increase in the Omicron subvariants XBB and XBB.1.5. 40% of Covid cases in the USA at the beginning of last month were caused by XBB.1.5. In contrast to other Omicron subvariants, WHO suggested that XBB had a greater risk of reinfection back in October.

If you begin to experience signs of COVID, you should follow the official UK guidelines and stay at home. To reduce the chance of spreading, you should also get tested (if you have any kicking around) and protect your face when you’re out in public.

Warning flags

And if you want a reminder of the warning flags, look no further. According to data gathered by the Covid Zoe app, sore throats were the most often reported symptom by its users in the 30 days before January 3. Runny noses and headaches are additional typical symptoms, and some users also reported experiencing muscle aches and alterations in their sense of smell. 

Here are the top ten symptoms reported by Zoe users in the past month:

  1. Sore throat – 57.3 %
  2. Blocked nose – 57.8 %
  3. Runny nose – 55.5 %
  4. Sneezing – 52 %
  5. Cough with no phlegm – 50.7 %
  6. Headaches – 49.6 %
  7. Cough with phlegm – 47.3 %
  8. Hoarse voice – 41.4 %
  9. Muscle pain – 24.7 %
  10. Altered smell – 22.32 %


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Source: Time Out


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