The very first Omicron symptom has been revealed and it’s likely that you’ll hear it first.
Experts have revealed that changes to your voice may be a sign of the new variant.
You’re likely to notice a hoarse or scratchy voice as well as a sore throat.
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Experts are urging people to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of Omicron as it shares a lot with the common cold, meaning that it can be missed, reports BirminghamLive.
The new strain is believed to be milder than previous strains but it is far more transmissible.
It’s not yet clear what the effect will be on the NHS and hospitalisation figures but Boris Johnson is due to meet with ministers and scientists today to decide whether new restrictions are needed.
At present, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have all introduced stricter measures from Boxing Day to curb the spread.
There are over 100,000 new cases being registered each and every single day in the UK currently.
A record of 122,186 new infections were reported on Friday – while the Office for National Statistics estimates 1.74 million people in the UK had coronavirus on 19 December, up by more than 368,000 on the figure three days earlier.
Professor Tim Spector OBE, from the ZOE Symptom Covid Study App, has warned Omicron symptoms and tell-tale signs could be anything from a runny nose and headache to fatigue and husky voice.
Congestion, sneezing and night sweats have also been linked to the new variant, which originated in Kent and was first detected in England before Christmas last year.
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