Covid-19 rates may have crept up in June, with a 43 percent spike in cases, but the UK seems to have seen off its most recent wave of Omicron infections.
Around 120,000 cases being recorded per day right now according to the ZOE Covid Study App. But this summer’s recent spike is a reminder that we still need to be vigilant about the different mutations of the virus. The recent peaks in infections were driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, the strain that spread rapidly across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before gradually declining.
According to findings published in the infectious disease and epidemiology journal Eurosurveillance, there were eight key symptoms experienced by a survey group made up of fully vaccinated participants.
The most common symptom is a persistent cough, which is described as non-phlegmy and dry.
Another frequent one is a runny nose, which might make you think you have a common cold.
People should also look out for a sore throat, another symptom often associated with a cold.
Muscle pain and fever have been widely reported by individuals who test positive.
Another potential symptom is a headache, according to the ZOE app.
The least common symptoms among fully vaccinated individuals were sneezing and fatigue, though these were still reported by some sufferers.
Public health experts have also warned of two lesser-known symptoms: dizziness and fainting. Both are being recorded far more frequently among vaccinated sufferers.
And it’s not just the above symptoms that are affecting the vaccinated. Around one in five of those who test positive are now experiencing the unexpected symptom of diarrhoea. Another thing that has gone from being a rare symptom of Covid to affecting 11 percent of sufferers has been described by experts as ‘night sweats’ or ‘hot flushes’. This symptom has been increasingly difficult to spot during the UK’s most recent heatwave.
So, if you have diarrhoea along with other common Covid symptoms, like a high temperature, a new cough and a loss or change of your sense of taste or smell, be sure to take a test (and follow government guidelines if you test positive). For more information about the symptoms of Covid, see the NHS guidelines here.