Britain announced the discovery of a new mutant of Omicron strain, whose symptoms are very similar to common cold. It coincided with India's announcement that it had recorded its first case of the new mutant (Omicron XE) of the new Corona virus that causes Covid-19 disease in its financial capital, Mumbai.
The British National Health Service (NHS) updated its official list of Covid symptoms as Omicron cases continued to rise in the UK. Nine new somatic symptoms have been linked to the current mutant as well as to the latest Omicron XE strain. Many of the symptoms of the Corona virus are similar to other diseases.
The official NHS list now includes a total of 12 physical presentations, but they are not exclusive to this prominent virus. Many of the labels listed are also so generic that the NHS has issued a warning on its website. It states that "the symptoms are very similar to those of other diseases, such as colds and influenza."
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States maintained a long list of symptoms. Although the NHS has only listed three for about two years. The official symptoms of the general COVID-19 are a high temperature or shivering (chills), and persistent cough, loss or change in the sense of smell or taste, as well as shortness of breath, feeling tired or exhausted, physical pain, and headache not to mention a sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhea, feeling really sick or ill.
Symptoms of Omicron and the common cold?
It is not yet believed that omicron XE (the mutant of the original omicron strain) has exclusive symptoms, although many of the reported signs are known to closely resemble those associated with cold and flu.
The most common symptoms of the original Omicron strain include a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat - especially in people who have received the vaccination - headache, muscle aches, coughing, as well as sneezing, high temperature, pressure in the ears and face, loss of taste and smell.
The two lists of symptoms are almost identical, the organization added, although diarrhea and loss of appetite are likely to be linked to Covid-19.
The organization revealed that determining the source of the test is the only way to know if you are infected with the Covid virus. There are a number of other possible ways to identify your disease.
According to Rudd in British newspapers, Chris Moy, Vice President of the Australian Medical Association, claims that some symptoms are a stronger indicator of Covid-19, unlike other respiratory infections. "High fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, fatigue and nausea, as well as diarrhea and loss of sense of taste or smell without a stuffy nose, are more consistent with Covid-19 than a sore throat, runny nose or cough," he said.
And while Omicron may seem like nothing more than a cold, symptom-tracking app Zoe Covid warns that it can still 'put you in the hospital and kill people'.